The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to raising awareness and educating about how news is covered and how journalists approach stories. To that end, we offer a slate of journalists from around the New England region who will come to your high school, college, public library or civic group to speak about the thorny issues of covering news in an age of budget cuts, limited resources, made-up stories, and Administrative jabs as content proliferates and journalists, none-the-less, adhere to their code of ethics.
To request a speaker email [email protected].
Choose from a variety of topics, including:
- The Changing Face of Hyperlocal News Coverage — Are you wondering what’s happened to your community newspaper? The paper arrives every week but the stories are sparse and the paper is thin. Budget cuts have changed how news is covered and are prompting journalists to move to other venues such as community access television stations and alternative publications. Learn how local news coverage is shifting and where you can find news in your own city or town
- Covering Sports in the Era of Brady and Belichick — A recent ESPN story by Seth Wickersham entitled “For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end?” created a stir around the New England region. Brady and Belichick denied some of the damning information contained in the story, but ESPN stood by it. Covering sports is a science unto itself. Hear what sports reporters experience as they cover big name winning teams.
- The #MeToo Movement and other Hashtags — How does a news story originate from a hashtag? From #MeToo to #RealDonaldTrump, hashtags aggregate tweets and posts to tell a story that journalists must organize and compose. Let us show you the evolution.
OUR SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
JOYCE PELLINO CRANE
Multimedia News Director at Westford Community Access Television, Westford, MA
Speaking Topics: Covering Local News in Transitioning Times; Filling the Void of the Disappearing Community Newspaper
Award-winning journalist Joyce Pellino Crane is a former Boston Globe correspondent and the current news director of Westford Community Access Television. She is the former editor of the Westford Eagle and Littleton Independent, newspapers for two communities located northwest of Boston. Crane is the recipient of an editorial award by the 2015 Best of GateHouse, and a first prize award for commentary from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. She won a total of six NENPA awards for reporting and writing between 2011 and 2015.
Crane holds a master’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University and a bachelor of arts degree in broadcasting and film from Boston University. In December 2016 she completed a six-course specialization through Coursera.com/Northwestern University resulting in a certificate in social media marketing.
Editorial Assistant, Boston Herald
Speaking Topics: Coverage of local news, breaking news, social justice, and affordable housing
Jordan Frias is an editorial assistant at the Boston Herald and a contributor to Spare Change News. Jordan also serves as president of the New England Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a graduate of Providence College and the School of Journalism at Northeastern University where he completed his master’s degree. He is formerly of The Boston Courant, the Lexington Minuteman and the Dorchester Reporter. He lives in East Boston and is a Rhode Island native.
Business and Technology Freelance Reporter
Speaking Topics: E-commerce, How to stay safe on the internet, China, GLBT issues, Biotech
Based in Boston since early 2014, he covers New England for Fox News Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and contributes to The Irish Times, The Irish Daily Mail, and Northern Sound Radio.
From 2012 to 2013, in New York, he was an editor and on-air reporter at Fox News Radio.
From 2002 to 2012 Bill Marcus was based in East Asia where he covered the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Japan Tsunami, the cultural and technological transformation of China and breaking news and international sporting events for Fox News Radio, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Fox TV, France 24 TV, PRI’s The World and the French wire service AFP.
From China he also wrote for IDG’s Computerworld and Chief Marketing Officer magazines, Ziff Davis’ CIO Insight, Crain Communications’ Ad Age China, SourceMedia’s CardLine Asia-Pacific, the Shanghai Business Review, the The Independent, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Toledo Blade, WAMU, Washington, Shanghai Daily, the Oriental Morning Post, The Times-Union, of Albany, N.Y., and he was Shanghai correspondent for the Fred Dicker Show.
During this time, he reported for National Public Radio from the northeastern United States.
Bill’s first articles about China were published in 1995 when he was a reporter for The Record of Troy, N.Y. His New York Times op-ed piece, For Gay People, Out of Sight, Out of Life, in 1990, correlated a lack of social tolerance in the New York City suburbs with the skyrocketing HIV infection rate there, and, resulted in administrative reform.
Bill Marcus was first published in 1977 in The New York Times when he was a senior in high school. His article, The Motor Vehicle Torture, lampooned the Westchester Department of Motor Vehicles.
News Political Director, NH1
Speaking Topics: 2018 and 2020 campaign politics and New Hampshire state politics
- 2002-2005 Executive Producer of CNN’s Inside Politics
- 2006-2010 CNN Deputy Political Director
- 2011-2014 CNN Political Editor
- 2014-present NH1 News Political Director