Historic Site in Journalism plaque dedication Aug. 13 on Roosevelt Island, New York

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists and Roosevelt Island Historical Society will dedicate a plaque honoring the island in New York City as the 2016 Historic Site in Journalism.

Judith Berdy, historical society president; Rebecca Baker, SPJ president-elect; and Andrew Seaman, SPJ Ethics Committee chair, will discuss the historical significance of the site during the dedication at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday (Aug. 13) at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Visitor Center kiosk.

"All of New York City obviously has a romantic history with journalism, but no other place has captured my attention more than Roosevelt Island,” Seaman said. “Each time I visit, I can't help but think of Nellie Bly's journey to the 'madhouse' and her contributions to the profession. I'm so happy that the Society of Professional Journalists decided to recognize Roosevelt Island with this honor."

The Octagon, which is located on the north end of the island, is an ornate stone building built in 1841 to house psychiatric patients in its two L-shaped wings. Patients brought to the island by boat were separated from the rest of society in what Charles Dickens referred to as a “lounging, listless, madhouse air.”

In 1887, Nellie Bly was sent to the island after acting strangely. Though she received the same treatment as the patients, Bly was there only on assignment from newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Her work “10 Days in a Madhouse” is considered among the first pieces of investigative journalism and led to improvements in treatment of psychiatric patients.

The building served as a general hospital until 1955. The octagonal entry was fully restored and now serves as the entry to a residential building.

Since 1942, SPJ has honored the people and places that have played important roles in the history of journalism through the Historic Sites program. Some honorees include: Freedom’s Journal, the first Black newspaper published in the United States, and The Wheeling Intelligencer, the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in West Virginia.

See a complete list of past winners – and the 2017 winner -- here.





Past Events:

Deadline Club Midwinter Mixer at Sardi's Feb. 9 was postponed due to inclement weather.

Join fellow Deadline Club members and guests at Sardi's for the rescheduled date of Thurs. Feb. 16. at 234 w. 44th st., 2nd floor bar (CASH BAR) for a networking and casual social event. Please RSVP at the updated event link so we can obtain a headcount. Thank you.





Public Panel: Outsmarting ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alt-Facts’

new truth

The new Trump era’s assault on journalists, information gathering and facts poses an unprecedented challenge. With the factual landscape transforming at a dizzying pace, the need to accurately report and share reliable information is more urgent than ever. How can professional journalists and the info-sharing public navigate today’s profound reality turbulence when so many people feel entitled to their own facts (including the U.S. President) and trust in the media is low?

To explore ways to fight the false and find the true, the Deadline Club has assembled an A-list panel of top media and law experts. Speakers include: Bill Adair, creator of PolitifactKnight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy and director of Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & DemocracyKyle Pope, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Columbia Journalism ReviewMandy Jenkins, head of news at Storyful; and Lynn Oberlander, general counsel of media operations at First Look Media and board director for the Media Law Resource Center. The moderator is Sheryl Huggins Salomon, senior editor-at-large and former managing editor of 

At a Glance:

What: Outsmarting Fake News and Alternative Facts
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Reception at 6:30 p.m. with panel at 7 p.m. to begin
Where: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street, New York, NY
RSVP: The event is $10 for the public and FREE for students and Deadline Club members. For security purposes, attendees must RSVP HERE before the event.



Practicing Journalism in Dangerous Times April 7-8, 2017

The SPJ Region 1 Conference is coming to New York City this year, and the Deadline Club will host the event that will include programs, social events, and discussions on a variety of hot topics. Stay tuned for more info:





See below for our past events

Join us on Wed. Nov.2, 2016 6 – 9 p.m. for our autumn journalism networking mixer at The Cutting Room, 44 East 32nd St., between Madison and Park Avenues, New York, NY 10010. The event is free with a cash bar. RSVP here.

SPJ/Deadline Club Free Rooftop Media Networking Mixer--Tuesday, August 26-9 p.m.
You're invited: Please join us at the Deadline Club's free media networking mixer at Mad46, the trendy indoor/outdoor rooftop bar atop the Roosevelt Hotel at Madison Ave. & 46th St., with great skyline views. Enjoy drinks at the cash bar, with optional hors d’oeuvres available. The show goes on rain or shine. Space is limited, so RSVP HERE ASAP.
At a Glance:What:   SPJ/Deadline Club Rooftop Media Mixer
When: Tuesday, August 26-9 p.m.
Where:  Mad46, the Roosevelt Hotel's indoor/outdoor rooftop bar, with entrance on 46th St. off Madison Ave.
RSVP:  Though this is a free event, you should  RSVP HERE ASAP  to ensure entry. (Entry age is 21+.)


Deadline Club Toast to Contest Judges: A Media Mixer -- June 21, 6-9 p.m.

Join the Deadline Club on June 21 in celebrating its dedicated annual contest judges at The Ainsworth's Midtown location, 45 E. 33rd St.

Judges volunteered countless hours this contest cycle poring over and debating a record-breaking 623 entries—they deserve a drink! The event is open to all, but each judge in attendance gets the first drink FREE. Space has been reserved at the trendy establishment's ground floor bar. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP HERE ASAP, we hope to see you there!
At a Glance:

What:  Toasting Deadline Club Judges: A Media Mixer
When:  Tuesday, June 21, 6-9 p.m.
Where:  Ainsworth Bar/Restaurant, 45 E. 33rd St., Between Park and Madison
RSVP:  Please RSVP HERE to ensure entry to the mixer.


A Joint Panel covering Identity Politics: Black, White, Male, Female, and in between 
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at CUNY J-School

From Ferguson to Trump’s presidential campaign and “bathroom rights,” race, gender and LGBTQ issues are among today’s most burning social and political debates. Partnering for the first time, the Deadline Club and NYABJ will ask how we in the media are doing and how we can do better covering these hot-button issues. Is the current agitation opening doors for equality and equal time in news coverage, or have passions hijacked common sense and free speech with a new PC tyranny?

Top print and broadcast journalists from diverse media and views will debate such questions and more. Panelists include: Meredith Bennet-Smith, Deputy Ideas editor at Quartz and former Identities editor at Mic; Errol Louis, host of Inside City Hall on NY1 and Director of Urban Reporting at CUNY J-School; Vann Newkirk, Washington, D.C.-based writer for Atlantic Magazine and Contributing Editor at Seven Scribes; Ian Tuttle, Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism, National Review Institute; and Jennifer VanascoWNYC news editor and former CJR writer. The co-moderators are Jessica Seigel, adjunct professor at New York University Journalism School and former Chicago Tribune national correspondent; and Carol Kelly, NYABJ Parliamentarian and former assistant news editor at The Wall Street Journal.

At a Glance:
What: Covering Identity Politics: Black, White, Male, Female, and in between
When: Tuesday, June 14. Reception at 6:30 p.m., panel begins 7:00 p.m.
Where: The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street
RSVP: Students and Club members free. Tickets $10 for others. Please register HERE


Deadline Club Panel Debate at CUNY + CSPAN Taping

Prying Minds Want [Need] To Know: Unlocking Government Records --Wednesday, April 27, 6:30-8:30p.m.

While trumpeting openness, the Obama Administration has set a record for secretiveness, denying more public records requests than ever before. Yet without the Freedom of Information Act passed 50 years ago, journalists may never have uncovered the real story on torture of post-9/11 detainees, CIA and FBI misconduct, Medicare fraud, and much more. In this Deadline Club panel, top national and local investigative and data reporters will reveal their strategies for fighting and winning public records battles. We’ll also be going on television with C-SPAN to shine a light on dark corners of government secrecy that you, too, can crack with FOIA know-how.

Our panelists include: Andrew Lehren, Pulitzer Prize team-winning New York Times reporter, Justin Elliott, reporter with ProPublica who recently exposed questionable spending at the Red Cross, 
Tom Robbins,investigative journalist in residence at CUNY J-School and legendary former Village Voice and Daily News reporter of urban corruption; Jessica Huseman, reporter with the Columbia University Journalism school’s Teacher Project specializing in education. The panel will be moderated by Benjamin Lesser, Thomson Reuters projects reporter and award-winning data journalist.

At a Glance:

What: Prying Minds Want [Need] to Know: Unlocking Government Records
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Reception at 6:30 p.m, panel begins 7:00 p.m.
Where: The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street
RSVP: Students and Club members free. Tickets $10 for others. Please register HERE.


Deadline Club Skills Workshop: Get On Top of Social Media with the Latest Tools 

Is your Twitter feed a mess? Do you wish you could identify trends and interact with influencers and peers on social media? This Deadline Club workshop on mastering social media tools and analytics will take you to the next level, with tips and tricks on making Twitter lists, finding sources, monitoring the Twitter-sphere with Tweetdeck, using free softwares like Topsy, Muck Rack, and more. In a joint presentation with The News Guild of New York, social media editor Brittany VanBibber will lead the workshop from the NewsGuild board room. Also a Deadline Club Board Member, she will walk you through how publishers use the social web to get more out of their content, so you can, too.

 At a Glance

 What: Get On Top of Social Media Skills Workshop (with pizza.)

Where: News Guild offices, 1500 Broadway Suite 900, New York, NY

(enter northeast corner of Broadway and 43rd Street)

Bring: Please come equipped with a functioning twitter account and laptops or notebooks, depending on how you prefer to take notes.

Fee: $10 for Deadline Club and Guild Members, $20 for non-members


Freedom of Speech panel at CUNY 

Seats are filling up fast, and for security reasons at the school, the Deadline Club is asking all attendees to RSVP by tonight as walk-ins for this event will not be permitted. So sign up and join us tomorrow night at CUNY J-school.

Panelists include: Victor Navasky of the Nation, author of “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power,” and professor/director at Columbia J-School;  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and author of the upcoming "Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America;" Signe Wilkinson, Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News;  David WallisNew York Observer deputy editor and author of “Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression;” and Gail Gove, chief counsel of news for Reuters and adjunct professor of media law and ethics at the CUNY J-School. The moderator is Jessica Seigel, adjunct professor at the NYU J-school and former Chicago Tribune national correspondent.

At a Glance:
What: Limits of Free Speech: Publishing in a hacked and Charlie Hebdo World
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Reception at 6:30 p.m, panel begins 7:00 p.m.
Where: The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th Street
RSVP: By 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2015. Students and Club members free. Tickets $10 for others. Please register HERE.