Monthly Meetings

The Garden State Journalists Assn’s 72nd Annual Awards Dinner Wed., May 22, 2019

Where: Don Pepe’s Restaurant, 844 McCarter Highway, (Route 21) Newark. Dinner served at 6:30 pm sharp.

Agenda: The presentation of our journalism awards, the awarding of our $1,000 scholarship, and the installation of officers and trustees.

The dinner: Price $60, includes an extensive array of appetizers, a choice of entrée with vegetables, wine, sangria, beer and soda on the table while dining, plus coffee and dessert. There is free parking.

Reservations: Required by Friday, May 17 and are now being accepted. Send $60 check, payable to Garden State Journalists Association, to: George Saliba, managing editor, New Jersey Business Magazine, 310 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 07004

Joe Strupp, Journalist and Author of “Killing Journalism,” to Speak June 15

Members are in for a treat at a special summer meeting, Sat., June 15, at noon at The Blue Horse Restaurant, 247 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, when Joe Strupp, a 30-year award-winning journalist, FDU professor and author of a new headline-grabbing book, ‘Killing Journalism,” will  talk about the book and sign copies.

Joe is very much in demand and we have been lucky to get him to our meeting.  The sub-title of the book is: “How greed, laziness (and Donald Trump) are destroying news and how we can save it.” He has had experience in newspapers, magazine, TV, radio and the Internet. He’s interviewed the likes of Rupert Murdoch, George W. Bush, Ben Bradlee and O.J. Simpson.  PBS NewsHour legend Jim Lehrer calls it “a book for anyone who cares about the past, present and future of a free press in our democratic society.”

Joe was an editor at Editor & Publisher magazine, covering the newspaper and Internet businesses, and spent eight years at Media Matters for America.  He has two podcasts, Joe’s Media Corner (insights into today’s media issues) and The Retro Room (a nostalgic look at vintage TV, movies and other entertainment. He also finds time to teach media-related courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Rutgers University.

Treasurer’s Report for April

Bill Slossar, our treasurer, reports that we had an opening balance on 3/19/19 of $6,388.88 and a closing balance of $8,209.58. We had receipts of $1,905 and expenses of $84.30.  The majority of the receipts were from contest entrée fees, some $1,700.  Dues payments amounted to $150.

Expenses included $50 for the luncheon at Dante’s in March and $34.30 for judging. Of course, we still have to pay for the trophies. Now, all we need is a good turnout at the Awards Dinner.

PRSA President Ilana Zalika to Speak Sat., Sept. 21, at La Ziza in Clifton

Ilana Zalika, president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, will be the featured speaker at noon on Saturday, September 21, at La Ziza, a Lebanese Restaurant in Clinton. Cost is $25, cash or a check made out to the GSJA.

Zalika is the co-founder and principal of the award-winning Resound Marketing, of Princeton, which provides public relations and social media marketing agency services. The company, founded in 2003, offers services in the areas of technology and mobile, lifestyle and parenting, and business applications and services. Formerly known as Public I Partners, it changed its name to Resound Marketing in 2006.  It has offices also in New York and San Francisco.

Ilana has 20 years of experience helping clients increase market share, visibility and credibility through proven strategies, targeted messaging, and influential media coverage.

Iris Dorbian to Discuss The Holocaust at a Venue TBA, Wed., Oct. 16, 6 pm … more info to come