SBU-SPJ Attends the SPJ Region 1 Conference

SBU-SPJ members after participating in two very engaging days of networking and learning at the SPJ Region 1 Conference at Hofstra.

SBU-SPJ members after participating in two engaging days of networking and learning at the SPJ Region 1 Conference at Hofstra.

Thank you SPJ Region 1 for two amazing days of networking and learning at the SPJ Region 1 Conference from April 17 to 18 at Hofstra University. SBU-SPJ members learned great advice on how to land a journalism job, branding ourselves as professionals, improving our resumes and more.

We look forward to networking with more journalists in events such as this one in the future!

SBU-SPJ  members  took part in journalism panels discussing narrative storytelling, sports reporting, data reporting and more at the SBU-SPJ Region 1 Conference at Hofstra University.

SBU-SPJ members attended journalism panels discussing narrative storytelling, sports broadcasting, data reporting and more at the SBU-SPJ Region 1 Conference at Hofstra University. They also spoke with professional journalists and fellow student journalists at the event.

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Thank You to Professor Wasim Ahmad for a Terrific Multimedia Workshop

Prof. Wasim Ahmad surrounded by members of SBU-SPJ after a productive multimedia workshop.

Prof. Wasim Ahmad surrounded by members of SBU-SPJ after a productive multimedia workshop. Photo by Kristy Gerlett (Nov. 18, 2014).

The Society of Professional Journalists at Stony Brook University truly appreciate Professor Wasim Ahmad of the SBU School of Journalism for presenting a very engaging and informative multimedia workshop and Q&A. Members asked a plethora of great questions regarding the technical details of Nikon DSLR cameras, video shooting, as well as editing using Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Prof. Ahmad answered them through demonstrations on his own camera collection and laptop. We look forward to hosting more inquisitive, informative and interesting events in the future!

SPJ Student Chapter Hosts ‘Finding Your Career Path’ Journalist Panel Series

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On Wednesday, March 12, The Society of Professional Journalists Stony Brook University student chapter will be hosting a panel discussion at 8:33 p.m. in the Union Auditorium. Halley Bondy, digital producer at Oxygen.com, Aisha Al-Muslim, reporter at Newsday and freelancer, Jamie Herzlich will be talking about their journalistic experiences and offering advice to aspiring journos.

All three women have varied backgrounds. Bondy began as a local reporter for the Star Ledger covering six beats, which included crime and politics. She also writes non-fiction young adult books — her next to be released next year. Now, as digital producer at Oxygen.com, in addition to editorial work, she works on web production, video and photo content.

Al-Muslim, a City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism alumna, previously worked as editor of El Correo de Queens and reporter for The Queens Courier. She has held internships at WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, People en Español, CBS Evening News’ Weekend Edition, WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York and NY1 Noticias. She covers the Town of Hempstead for Newsday. Al-Muslim has a love for languages, which include Spanish, Italian and French.

Before her position at Newsday, Herzlich freelanced for publications including Long Island Business News, Long Island Magazine, Family Magazine and Salute Magazine. While at Newsday she had the opportunity to cover two U.S. Herzlich was the first reporter on Long Island to break the news that Swezey’s, an institution more than 100 years old was closing in 2003.

The panel is a perfect opportunity to network with journalists who are actively in the field. Come prepared with questions — even business cards! Light refreshments will also be served.

For more information about the panel, contact Atiba Rogers at atiba.rogers@stonybrook.edu.

SPJ co-sponsors the first internship panel of the semester

The Stony Brook University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists co-sponsered an internship panel discussion on Nov. 6, in which intern advisers at Newsday, Patch, Hamptons.com and News 12 Long Island offered tips on what it takes to land a journalism internship and make a lasting, positive impression.

The group outlined the basic skills expected of intern applicants, offered tips on how to nail an interview, and shared secrets on what it takes to take full advantage of the role.

Panelists included:

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Nicole Brewer, Executive Editor, Hamptons.com and executive vice president of PCLI

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Carl Corry, Newsday’s online local news editor and chairman of the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism at Stony Brook

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Margarita Kuyenov, Talent Acquisition Manager at News 12 Networks

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Ann Bernzweig, intern coordinator at News 12 Long Island

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Henry Powderly, Suffolk regional editor at AOL’s Patch.com

More than 30 Stony Brook journalism students attended the panel discussion.

The event, hosted by the Press Club of Long Island, the local professional chapter of SPJ, was also co-sponsored by the Stony Brook University School of Journalism and the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism.

Brewer, who moderated the discussion, emphasized that students must not exaggerate their experience or skills on their resumes.

There was some discussion on the question of whether “passion” trumps “experience” for internship applicants. Some panelists said specific examples of good work are paramount in their consideration of potential candidates.

In the absence of that experience, however, someone who exudes passion for journalism and a desire to learn can stand out, said Bernzweig, of News 12.

Even an applicant’s online presence is taken into consideration, said Corry, who mentioned that newsday.com values strong social media and multimedia skills. Corry, who is also a director at large of national SPJ, said candidates should set up a website using WordPress or a similar service that highlights their best work.

Panelists also stressed the importance of keeping in contact with supervisors from previous internships because it can ultimately lead interns to secure great opportunities before or after graduation.

Internship opportunity: Press Club of Long Island

The Press Club of Long Island, the professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the recently titled Northeast Chapter of the Year, is looking for interns who could help the organization when it comes to working on events, doing research and promoting the club online. Tasks would involve attending events and working on social media. If interested, visit www.pcli.org.

Cupcakes!

Homemade cupcakesby SPJ!

The Society of Professional Journalists at Stony Brook University will be having cupcake sales for the rest of the week to raise money for the upcoming panel. Cupcakes, which are homemade, are $1 each, and can be found — and happily eaten — in the SAC lobby from around 2-4 p.m.

 

Why you should join the SBU chapter of SPJ

First off, thank you for taking the time out to read this. By doing so, you’re already on your way to becoming an important member of the Stony Brook University chapter of SPJ.

You don’t necessarily have to be a member of SPJ to be a part of the club, but being a member of the organization on campus alone will be beneficial to your career. This upcoming fall semester, the SPJ chapter at Stony Brook is looking to completely transform so that it becomes a place you can get tips and tracks, as well as network and explore.

By being a part of this growing group, we are looking to have you hear from professionals in the industry, as well as take advantage of what the Society of Professional Journalists has to offer. The society, which was started in 1909 as a fraternity known as Sigma Delta Chi, has a mission to ensure that professional journalists are capable of handling any challenges with fair, balanced and accurate information. That’s exactly the path student journalists must take to become those professional journalists once they step off campus grounds. But at the same time, they need this foundation while they’re on campus, too.

For more information or to become a member of the Stony Brook chapter of SPJ, email stonybrookspj@gmail.com. Thank you!