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Most meetings of the New Jersey Newspaper in Education and Youth Readership Committee are held at the New Jersey Press Association's offices: 810 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 307, West Trenton, N.J. 08628. Our phone number is (609) 406-0600 (dial 19 for the foundation director or zero for the receptionist).

The NJPA offices are located in the Mountain View Office Park, which is adjacent to Exit 2 of Interstate 95 in central New Jersey ... less than two miles north of the Delaware River bridge (the Scudders Falls Bridge) linking New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (this is NOT exit 2 of the New Jersey Turnpike, which is just north of the Delaware Memorial Bridge leading to/from I-95 in the state of Delaware)

When leaving I-95 at Exit 2, turn left at the top of the exit ramp. Then turn right at the first traffic signal to enter the Mountain View Office Park.

Our offices are on the third floor (suite 305) of Building 840, which is clearly marked on the top of the building.

For detailed directions to NJPA's headquarters, click here or use MapQuest for the address above.

 


Agenda for the April 2, 2009, Meeting

Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the New Jersey Press Association's conference room in West Trenton (directions available at: http://www.njpa.org/NIE/niemeetings.html).

Welcome and introduction of George White, NJPF Director, taking over for Tom Engleman.

Attendance at the NAA Foundation's Young Reader Conference in Washington in May.

Discussion of 2009 statewide projects:
- NJEA convention in Atlantic City in November (Miss New Jersey poster)
- NIE pass-through grants program (large statewide grant from Wal-Mart)

Exchange of industry news affecting NIE and youth readership; ideas and views from participating papers while sharing common situations and conditions we are all experiencing.

Lunch (provided by NJPF)

New Business:
- Statewide essay contest (any interest, topic, etc.)
- N.J. Mock Election this fall (newspaper industry support for the new statewide coordinator ... not NJPF)
- The future of the N.J. NIE & Youth Readership Committee (number of meetings needed, etc.)
- Early thoughts about a 2010 regional NIE and Youth Reader Conference (work with Pennsylvania, location, interest among N.J. papers)

Set the next meeting date and topic of discussion.

Meeting will adjourn no later than 2 p.m.


Summary of the January 8, 2009, Meeting

Meeting began at 10:30 a.m. at the New Jersey Press Association's conference room in West Trenton (see directions above).

Five of the state’s daily newspaper companies were represented at the meeting: Advance Publications, the North Jersey Media Group, Gannett, Calkins, and The Press of Atlantic City. Attending were: Antonette Bomentre-Walter, committee chairperson (Burlington County Times), Cynthia Forster (The Record and the Herald News), Mary Lyons (The Star-Ledger and the Times of Trenton), Sandy Reed (The Press of Atlantic City), and Michelle Wright-Sykes (Courier-Post). Also attending were Jackie Mickelburgh (formerly with The Star-Ledger), Chris Yatchyshyn (Bucks County Courier Times, representing the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s NIE Committee), and Tom Engleman (NJPF program director).

The following agenda items were discussed:

1. Abraham Lincoln 200th Birthday Project. Four CDs purchased from the PNA Foundation were distributed to the Courier-Post, The Record and Herald News, the Burlington County Times and The Press of Atlantic City. The Star-Ledger’s NIE coordinator said she may be interested participating and will get back in touch with NJPF if the paper agrees. NJPF will then order a fifth CD from the PNA Foundation. The four newspapers have been sent invoices for $50 each for the CDs.

2. NAA Foundation’s annual Youth Readership Conference, May 14-15 in Washington. The committee members didn’t commit to attending the conference but said they would consider attending once the materials are received from NAA. Chris Yatchyshyn said the Pa. committee decided that the D.C. conference would take the place of a regional conference they were considering for 2009.

3. Mock Election for the governor of New Jersey. The committee endorsed plans for NJPF to coordinate the Mock Election in October. It was strongly suggested that NJPF use Survey Monkey as the computer program to collect the state’s votes and then to report the state’s total votes to the national Mock Election organization. Engleman said all of the schools that registered for the 2008 Mock Election would be invited to participate and any additional schools would be asked to register with NJPF via E-mail. The cost of leasing Survey Monkey is $240 a year. The committee said it would discuss during the April 2 committee meeting what curriculum information to purchase. It was suggested that the state’s NIE coordinators could create our own curriculum, but that curriculum materials from Hollister may do the job. Engleman said the cost of any materials purchased would be shared equally among the newspapers that agree in advance to participate.

4. Plans for the NJEA convention in November. The committee agreed to participate in the convention again, with Miss New Jersey invited as to sign posters promoting newspaper reading. It was suggested that NJPF purchase an end booth this year, rather than one in the middle of a row of booths. It was suggested that NJPF find a way to get a Wi-Fi connection in the booth so the newspapers can demonstrate their online products and E-Editions to teachers. Engleman said the cost of the Wi-Fi connection would have to be shared with the newspapers that want to demo their products.

5. Directory of NIE committee members. Engleman said he would update the website with the information given during the meeting.

6. Teacher’s guide for the use of online editions. The committee said this would be on the agenda for the April 2 meeting. The projected date to publish the guide would be in time for the NJEA convention in November.

7. Yatchyshyn invited all of the New Jersey committee members to America East in Hershey, Pa., on April 7. The theme of that Pennsylvania NIE meeting will be “Transitioning to E-Editions.”

8. Engleman the encouraged the committee members to nominate a high school journalism teacher for the Teachers at Newspapers internship program. The application is on the website.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m. Lunch was provided by NJPF.

The next  meeting will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Apriil 2, at the NJPA offices in West Trenton (see directions above).


Agenda for the September 4, 2008, Meeting

Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the New Jersey Press Association's conference room in West Trenton (see directions above).

Welcome to the new committee chair: Antonette Bomentre-Walter, who is taking over for Shirley Sasor, who resigned the position for health reasons

Final Plans for the 2008 Student/Parent Mock Election in October

Lunch (provided by NJPF)

Plans for the NJEA convention in November

Proposed 2009 projects and budget

Set the next meeting date and topic of discussion. Next full committee meeting will be January 8, 2009.

Adjourn: Approximately 2 p.m.


Agenda for the June 12, 2008, Meeting

Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the New Jersey Press Association's conference room in West Trenton (see directions above).

New Business:

1. Presentation of the NAA Foundation's second-place national award to the NJPF Newspaper in Education and Youth Readership Program.

2. Presentation on the 2008 Student/Parent Mock Election.

Lunch ... courtesy of the New Jersey Press Foundation

Old Business:

1. Report on the Northeast Regional NIE Conference in Mystic, Conn., in April.

2. Report on the NAA Foundation's Young Reader Conference in Phoenix in May.

3. Plans for the NJEA Convention in November in Atlantic City.

Meeting will adjourn at approximately 1 p.m.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 4 (Note that there will be no August meeting because meetings are needed for both September and October to plan the promotion of the New Jersey Mock Election).

Agenda for the April 3, 2008, Meeting

Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the New Jersey Press Association's conference room in West Trenton (see directions above).

New Business:

1) The Northeast Regional NIE Conference in Mystic, Conn.: Who is going from N.J.?
2) The National NIE Conference in Phoenix: Who is going from N.J.?
3) The National Student/Parent Mock Election Partnership: Should we participate?
4) From Tom Engeman: The NJPF Teachers at Newspapers Program results
5) From Chris Yatchyshyn (representing the Pa. NIE Committee): Recap of the e-Edition Seminar in February
6) From Chris Yatchyshyn: America East PowerPoint presentation on the 2008 election. Also, she will discuss the Abraham Lincoln Celebration, a possible joint PNA Foundation/NJPF project.
7) Need for a committee member to monitor the NAA Foundation NIE list-serve

Lunch ... courtesy of the New Jersey Press Foundation

Old Business:

1) Atlantic City booth this year: Who Will Come? Should NJPF sponsor this again? Should we add the administrators convention this year or just do the NJEA convention?
2) Poster ideas for the Atlantic City booth.
3) Status of NJPA "Better Newspaper Contest" recognition of youth pages for 2009: Whatever happened to that idea?
4) Status of current and future entries for NAA Foundation and SNPA Foundation awards (for the N.J. NIE & Youth Readership Committee)
5) Feedback from Thomas Paine serial
6) NIE Sharing: Set up a schedule on topics and presenters for the next several meetings
7) Youth Readership: Partnering with schools (GSSPA project?)

Meeting will adjourn at approximately 1 p.m.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 12.

Agenda for the February 7, 2008, Meeting

Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Bucks County Courier Times production facility in Fairless Hills, Pa. (off of U.S. Route 13, a 10-minute drive from U.S. Route 1 in Trenton). This is a joint meeting of NIE coordinators and youth-page editors from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Click here for directions.

The Program: Building Youth Readership with Digital Editions

     - Demonstration of the Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times Digital Edition - Ed Fischer & Chris Yatchyshyn.

     - e-editions in NIE programs across the nation - Keynote Speaker - Jim Abbott - NAA Foundation.

     - The Digital Edition and the BCCT NIE Program - Chris Yatchyshyn (others who have e-editions and use them in their NIE programs will be invited to describe how their programs work. Chris will show her NIE website and explain how online NIE information and materials complement the BCCT e-edition.

Lunch @ Noon

Program  Continues:

     -  The Research Process/Selecting an e-edition Vendor - Antonette Bomentre-Walter and George Stevenson from the Burlington County  (N.J.) Times and Liza Mattison from the Allentown (Pa.) Morning  Call  - what to ask, what to look for, how to compare, etc.

Open Discussion/Questions and Answers

Adjourn @ 1:30 p.m.

Next Meeting - Thursday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m., at the New Jersey Press Association conference room in West  Trenton.

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