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  • Career Beat: John DeVore named editor-in-chief of Internet Action Force

    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • John DeVore has been named editor-in-chief of Internet Action Force. Previously, he was managing editor of (Email)
    • Chris Amico is now interactive editor at “Frontline.” He is the co-founder of Homicide Watch D.C. (Poynter)
    • Jerry McBride is now editor at Kayak Fish Magazine. Previously, he was a writer there. (Mediabistro)

    Job of the day: The Chattanooga Times Free Press is looking for a news editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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  • Today in Media History: Walter Cronkite retired as CBS Evening News anchor in 1981

    On March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite retired as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

    He became anchor of the program on April 16, 1962.

    “Known for his steady and straightforward delivery, his trim moustache, and his iconic sign-off line — ‘That’s the way it is’ — Cronkite dominated the television news industry during one of the most volatile periods of American history. He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on Vietnam and Civil Rights and Watergate, and seemed to be the very embodiment of TV journalism.”

    CBS News
    July 17, 2009

    Following are a few videos from Walter Cronkite’s long history with the CBS Evening News.

    September 2, 1963
    The first 30-minute CBS Evening News
    (The program had been 15-minutes long.)

    November 22, 1963
    The assassination of President Kennedy

    February 27, 1968
    Commentary about Vietnam

    July 1969
    Apollo 11

    August 8, 1974
    President Nixon’s resignation

    January 20, 1981
    American hostages released from Iran

    March 6, 1981
    Here’s Walter Cronkite’s final sign-off as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. Read more

  • Journalists flock together on Twitter, report finds

    Tow Center for Digital Journalism

    When it comes to the popular social network Twitter, journalists at traditional and digital news organizations tend to stick together, according to a new report published Thursday from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

    The report, titled “Who Retweets Whom: How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter,” aims to provide a snapshot of how journalists at Web-native and traditional outlets behave on Twitter, the social network known for its brevity. The report tracked five of the most popular political journalists at The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Politico, which represented legacy, digital and hybrid media organizations, respectively, and analyzed 50 retweets from each reporter.

    The big takeaway: Journalists at The New York Times were much more likely to retweet journalists at other traditional media organizations, and reporters from BuzzFeed were more likely to retweet journalists from other digital news organizations. Read more

NewsChannel 9 Names News Director
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Saturday, 14 February 2015 20:33

Congratulations to Phil Rankin, who this week was promoted to news director at NewsChannel 9 in Syracuse. He was most recently the interim news director, serving as a result of Rob Cartwright's departure.

Before that, Phil was the Digital Media Director, overseeing the website, mobile apps and social media accounts.

He is a graduate on SUNY Oswego. 

SPC Scholarship Accepting Applications
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Monday, 02 February 2015 17:25

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2015 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship.

This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one, full-time undergraduate student, who is studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college/university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

The student scholarship recipient must be a permanent resident of one of the following counties: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, Wayne, Seneca, Schuyler and Yates. A student’s college residence is NOT considered a permanent residence. All students who fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

All scholarship applicants will be evaluated on academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities and/or work experience, a personal philosophy statement, media samples and professional references.  A committee of media professionals will evaluate each student’s application. 

The recipient will be recognized as an honored guest at the Syracuse Press Club Awards Dinner, Saturday, May 2nd, at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse. 

Read on for required application materials.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2015 17:36 )
SPC Winter Social
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:07


Tonight you're invited to join the Syracuse Press Club at a social gathering at the new Clark's Ale House (Salina and Washington Streets) at 7 p.m. Retiring CNY Central investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will be our special guest.

Raise your mug and toast Jim, hang out with colleagues, share a few war stories and party like a journalist! We hope to see you there.

Call for Award Entries!
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Friday, 02 January 2015 19:13

The Syracuse Press Club is once again preparing for its annual awards competition. Starting Jan. 1, members of the news media in central New York may submit their entries. Deadline for entries is Jan. 30. Eligible entries must have been published, broadcast or posted online during the 2014 calendar year. Click "read more" below for rules and instructions on how to enter. Click here for the 2014 awards categories.

Awards will be handed out at our annual banquet on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.

Make sure to also keep in mind individuals in your organization you may want to nominate for one of our club awards, covering professional standards, newcomer, and news source. You can nominate someone for one of these awards by following this link.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:22 )
Jim Kenyon to Retire After Nearly 40 Years
Written by Josh Cradduck   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:29


Long-time CNY Central investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will be retiring from television news after nearly 40 years in the business. Kenyon’s last day reporting on the air will be Tuesday, December 23rd. Jim has been honored by the U.S. Justice Department, Associated Press, New York State Broadcaster’s Association and Syracuse Press Club. 



The Syracuse Press Club would like to extend it's congratulations to Jim on a very successful career in local television news and offer him our best wishes in his retirement.

The following news release was issued this afternoon by CNY Central. 


CNY Central Announces Jim Kenyon to Retire

(Syracuse, NY) – December 2nd, 2014 - CNY Central announces investigative reporter Jim Kenyon will retire this month after 38 years with WSTM. In his time at WSTM and CNY Central, Kenyon has made his mark on Central New York by uncovering corruption, fraud and wrongdoing at every level. He has also been front and center during the biggest stories in our area over the last four decades.

Kenyon became a member of the WSTM news team in 1976. Before that he served as a reporter in Columbus, OH. He started his television career in 1970 at WSYR, then known as WNYS. Kenyon grew up in Syracuse, graduating from Henninger High School before going on to SUNY Morrisville.


Kenyon has been honored with dozens of awards on the local, state and national level. In 1992 he received a national award from Investigative Reporters and Editors for an investigation into fraud among local trash haulers. It resulted in the prosecution and imprisonment of six executives and 40 county employees pleading guilty to bribery charges. He’s also been honored by the U.S. Justice Department, Associated Press, New York State Broadcaster’s Association and Syracuse Press Club.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 December 2014 18:34 )
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--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Wall of Distinction

Ron Graeff (Hastings)

Club President

Ron Graeff is better known to viewers across Central New York as Ron Hastings. It was the name he used  on the air during a career in journalism that began during his days at Syracuse University.  There he served as managing editor of the Daily Orange during 1966. 
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