April chapter update from President Frank Barrows

What’s new with your chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists…

We’ve added a trivia night and a movie screening to our schedule, as well as a session on videography at our regular monthly gathering on June 11. Read on.

Mark your calendar…

  • April 9, A Conversation With Geoffrey Roth, 6:30 p.m., Dilworth Grille. Roth is vice president of local content at WJZY, the new Fox operation in Charlotte. He’s a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has worked in television news at stations across the country. We’ll talk with him about his innovative approaches to television news. Attached to this e-mail is a flyer you can distribute and post in your newsroom to publicize Roth’s appearance.
  •  April 30, Journalism Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., Mugs Coffee, Park Selwyn Shopping Center, 5126 Park Road. We’ll form teams and see who can answer the most questions about our profession’s history and personalities. We’ll have prizes from the Bechtler Museum, the Charlotte Film Society, Planet Improv and more. This should be fun. Bring a guest. Bring two.
  •  May 14, A Writing Coach Talks About Writing, Mike Weinstein, 6:30 p.m., Dilworth Grille. Weinstein is The Charlotte Observer’s features editor; he has supervised much of the newspaper’s most outstanding work over the past two decades and has coached writers in the newsroom throughout that time. He’ll bring us his tips for improving your writing, whether it’s for print, digital or broadcast.
  •  June 11, A Conversation With Dan Robbins, 6:30 p.m. Dilworth Grille. Robbins is WCNC’s chief photographer, and we’ll talk with him about his insights into what makes top-notch news video.
  •  June 25, Movie Night: “Absence Of Malice,” 6:30 p.m., Dilworth Grille. Paul Newman and Sally Field starred and former Detroit Free Press editor Kurt Luedtke wrote the screenplay for this film, which deals with some of journalism’s thorniest ethical issues, including accuracy, sourcing and impact.


Website updates

  •  If you missed this month’s program with Jonathan Jones, director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition, there’s a summary of his main points at our chapter’s website, http://bit.ly/PaDu65.
  • We want to start highlighting on our website the best work by journalists in the Charlotte metropolitan area, meaning Mecklenburg and contiguous counties. If you’ve come across a story, photo, blog or video that stood out or left you wondering how it was done, please tell secretary April Bethea about it. Send her an e-mail, including a short description of why it deserves recognition and if possible a link to the work. We’ll interview nominees and post Q&As. Send your e-mails to charlottespj@gmail.com Also: If you want to do one of the interviews, tell April about that, too.

Stay plugged in
* Check out our chapter’s website: charlottespj.wordpress.com.
* Find lots of great resources at SPJ’s national website: www.spj.org.

— Frank Barrows


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