2001 Committee Meetings
December 6, 2001
October 11, 2001
August 8, 2001
June 7, 2001
April 12, 2001
February 1, 2001
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Summary of the
December 6, 2001, Meeting
Cynthia Forster (Chair); Shirley Sasor
(Vice-Chair); Antoinette Bomentre-Walter; Steve
Gondelman; Wendy Halle; Jackie Mickelburgh, Andrea
Spaeth; Lee Williams; Jackie Wilson; Zygmunt Wozniak.
Also attending was Tom Engleman (NJPA director).
NJEA Convention Update
Cynthia thanked the NIE Committee
members who helped at the New Jersey Education
Association convention booth on November 8-9 in Atlantic
The Miss New Jersey "Read For
Life" poster was a success. The poster featured
Julie Barber, Miss New Jersey 2001, reading a newspaper,
and displayed the logos of all New Jersey's NIE papers
with the exception of The Star Ledger, at their
request. Julie appeared at the booth for several hours on
Friday, Nov. 9, to distribute posters and sign
autographs. The poster was printed by The Record
(Bergen County) at a cost of approximately $490 for 2,000
black-and-white copies. Photography services were donated
by The Hunterdon County Democrat. Committee
members were invited to take extra posters for their own
use. In addition, Tom will place a generic copy of the
poster - minus the newspaper logos - on the NJPA website
for NIE members to download and adapt for local use as
house ads. An article about the event and the poster
appears in the December issue of InPrint.
A brief discussion followed, regarding
NIE committee participation at the 2002 NJEA convention.
Committee members reported positive and tangible,
measurable results. Suggestions for the future included:
have more copies of representative newspapers available,
expand the size of the booth, request that all newspaper
booths be located together in one area to create more of
a presence, and, offer a poster again. Several members
suggested featuring Miss New Jersey again (the 2002
winner), because contacts have been established. It was
decided to revisit this topic at the April NIE committee
meeting. Tom will check with NJPA's attorneys about
copyrighting the phrase "Read for Life".
Motion: Sponsor a booth at 2002 NJEA
Convention. Passed unanimously.
First Union Grant
Tom reported there was no news on the
grant yet and that he expects to hear in December. We
asked for $30,000. If awarded, a subcommittee of NIE
members will need to create essay contest rules and other
details. Volunteers to serve on this subcommittee are
Steve, Jackie Wilson, Wendy, and Antoinette. Cynthia
suggested that the committee also develop rubrics for
judging, select judges, and decide on other details such
as clerical chores, whether to include or remove IDs, and
obtaining affidavits for winners.
Association for Gifted Children
The application to present at the
annual convention of the New Jersey Association for
Gifted Children on March 1-2, 2002, was accepted. The
convention will be held at the Princeton Marriott
Forrestal Village. Our presentation is scheduled for
Friday, March 1, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Jackie Mickelburgh and
Lee volunteered to represent the committee. The event
attracts a statewide audience of 700; 45 people are
expected to attend the NIE presentation.
NIE Week is the first week in March.
Discussion followed regarding what we might do as a group
and several ideas were presented. The committee decided
to sponsor a contest to include both teacher and student
testimonials on the topic: How I Use the Newspaper in the
Classroom. It was decided to combine the testimonials
into a statewide NIE house ad. The statewide NIE
Committee will provide a basic template which Tom will
post on the website for newspapers to retrieve and use
for their house ads. High school vo-tech art classes will
be invited to design the template. Antoinette will draft
a flyer to include contest parameters and email it to
Shirley, who will get it out to New Jersey schools.
Students will be asked to create the template using the
NIE lighthouse logo at a size of approximately 6 1/4 x 10
1/2. The prize will include recognition on the template
and a NJPA shirt. The deadline for entries will be
Motion: Prepare a testimonial house ad
for NIE Week. Passed unanimously.
Following a discussion of potential
guest speakers for future NIE meetings, it was decided to
explore the possibly of having the April NIE Committee
Meeting at the New Jersey Advertising & Circulation
Annual Conference on Friday, April 5, at Princeton
Marriott. We would invite someone there to speak to our
committee on the subject of ABC rules, etc. This would be
followed by an NIE meeting with our own agenda. Tom
reminded everyone that there would be the regular
conference registration fee that includes the luncheon
and all programs operated by the NJPA Circulation
Other ideas for future speakers
included the Department of Education on the topic of
vendor certification and a roundtable on how to develop
workshops - what works and what doesn't.
Volunteers are needed for the following
committees: Curriculum Development; Financial
Development; Special Events; Essay Committee;
PR/Advocacy. Please call Cynthia with your preference.
Meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
Next NIE Meeting:
January 31, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at the
NJPA office in West Trenton. Lunch will be provided by
the Press Foundation.
Respectfully submitted 12/10/01 by
Shirley J. Sasor
Summary of the
October 11, 2001, Meeting
Attending: Cynthia Forster
(Chair); Shirley Sasor (Vice-Chair); Tom Engleman (NJPA
Director); Steve Gondelman; Wendy Halle; Milli Kerner;
Jackie Wilson. Guest Speaker: Dana Egreczky, Vice
President, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Minutes from the August 8, 2001
meeting were read and approved.
NJEA Convention: November 8-9 in
Atlantic City Tom Engleman needs to know who can
volunteer at the NIE booth, and which days. Wendy Halle
volunteered for Thursday and Jackie Wilson volunteered
for Friday. More volunteers are needed each day. Cynthia
Forster will email all NIE Committee members to ask for
additional support. Tom will be responsible for the
exhibit set-up on Wednesday and tear-down on Friday. The
booth display will include a listing of all NIE
newspapers that are members of the statewide committee.
Handouts will include last year's booklet of activities,
an updated listing of NIE coordinators, and posters of
Julie Barber, the reigning Miss New Jersey, reading a
newspaper. Additionally, the committee decided to allow
each member newspaper one promotional handout, if
desired. NIE coordinators are responsible for getting
these handouts to the convention center. Shirley Sasor is
arranging for Julie Barber to appear at the booth to sign
New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce
Presentation Dana Egreczky, Vice President of the New
Jersey Chamber of Commerce and a former math and science
teacher, reviewed the Executive Summary prepared by the
Business Coalition for Educational Excellence. The
Executive Summary clarifies the Chamber's position on
Standards & Assessments, Teacher Quality, and
Accountability. More information is available on their
website, www.bcee.org. Dana also discussed the Chamber's
"School Counts" program and the
"Technology Challenge" program which they are
endorsing. She suggested that the statewide Committee
consider forming partnerships with universities to offer
teacher training seminars (for graduate credit and
continuing education credit) in the use of newspapers in
the classroom. The charge to the school districts would
include the cost of the seminar, curriculum materials and
classroom sets of newspapers for one school year.
Garden State Scholastic Press
Association Volunteers are needed to represent the
statewide NIE Committee at their annual meeting on
Monday, October 29, at Rutgers. This event draws high
school journalism teachers and students from throughout
Gifted & Talented Cynthia
Forster prepared and submitted a proposal on behalf of
the committee to present at the Gifted & Talented
Convention in Princeton. This event is in March 2002.
NIE Committees Members are
needed for the following NIE Committees: Financial
Development, Special Events, Public Relations &
Advocacy, and Curriculum Development. Everyone is
encouraged to volunteer for at least one committee.
Please contact Cynthia Forster with your choice.
Next Meeting Thursday, December
6, at 11:00 a.m., NJPA offices in West Trenton.
The meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm.
Respectfully submitted 10/11/01 by
Shirley J. Sasor
Summary of the
August 8, 2001, Meeting
Attending: Cynthia Forster
(Chair); Shirley Sasor (Co-Chair); Tom Engleman (NJPA
Director); Committee Members: Antoinette Bomentre-Walter,
Gail Bonus, Melissa Edwards, Harry Hart, Liza Mattison,
Alisha Snedaker, Lee Williams, Jackie Wilson, Zygmunt
Wozniak; Guests: Lora Geftic, Vice-President, Garden
State Scholastic Press Association; Bill Monahan, NJPA
Minutes of the previous meeting
were approved (Harry Hart moved; Jackie Wilson seconded).
- 2001 Literacy Day Tabloid - a
study guide produced by the NAA. The statewide
committee's copy can be circulated to any member
newspaper which wishes to view and use.
- National Geographic Society's
information promoting National Geography Month
- "The Scope And Nature of
Newspaper In Education Programs: A National
Survey." This is a research report that was
distributed at the 2001College Journalism
- Proposal developed by Cynthia
Forster for a workshop at 2002 National NIE
Convention in Hershey. Proposal still needs
fine-tuning and new ideas are invited. The
convention will be held at the Hershey Lodge.
Speakers are not yet finalized. There will be an
area for vendors.
- Updated NJ NIE Committee roster,
prepared by Tom Engleman
NJEA Convention: November 8-9 in
NIE Committee members are needed to
volunteer at the booth. A sign-up sheet will be
circulated at the October meeting. The booth will feature
the names of all NIE Committee newspapers. If your
newspaper nameplate was not included last year, please
send a copy to Tom Engleman. The Herald News is one paper
identified that needs to be added.
Proposed Hand-Outs: List of committee
members; booklet of activities put together last year;
generic curriculum guides; new curriculum guide prepared
by the curriculum subcommittee headed by Liza Mattison;
Cynthia Forster suggested we produce a
poster featuring a New Jersey celebrity with the message,
"New Jersey reads" or similar. Lora Geftic
suggested a sports star from a local college or
professional team. Harry Hart cautioned about being
sensitive to north/south Jersey preferences. Shirley
Sasor suggested Miss New Jersey. Alisha Snedaker recently
interviewed Laura Bush and will inquire if she if
interested. Music stars such as Bon Jovi and Bruce
Springsteen were also mentioned. Harry Hart asked that on
the NIE Committee list to be handed out, we highlight NIE
members who will have booths at the Convention and list
the booth numbers.
First Union Grant Proposal
Proposal details were outlined by Tom
Engleman and Harry Hart. In writing the grant, it was
noted that there was a deliberate attempt to be somewhat
vague to allow for fine-tuning if the proposal is funded.
It was also stressed that the proposal is in the
development stage. NIE committee members are urged to
share these ideas with co-workers and come back with new
In submitting the grant, a few changes
were made, most significantly, the request was increased
to $30,000, representing more funds for the curriculum
guide and prizes. Briefly, the proposal outlined a
statewide essay contest on a topic such as school
violence. Judging would be by another statewide NIE
Committee, although no group has been approached to date.
The goal of the project is to get newspapers into the
hands of students at schools. One hundred percent of the
money given to each participating newspaper must go
toward purchasing papers for schools. Newspapers are
expected to promote the essay contest at their own
expense. Winners will be recognized in participating
newspapers and at the NJPA Luncheon of Champions. If
funded, NIE Committee members will have an opportunity to
approve the ad, which will contain the Lighthouse logo.
Tom Engleman encouraged the group to
use the New Jersey Press Foundation as a conduit for
funds. He reported that the Star-Ledger was the first to
take advantage of this tax-benefit with a $20,000
Core Curriculum Content Standards
Cynthia Forster handed out copies of
the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards
and updated the group on the implementation of standards,
noting that New Jersey is revising the standards and
frameworks to include Grades K-2; 3-4; 5-6; 6-8; and
9-12. Discussion followed about the importance of lining
up NIE workshops to match these standards and meet new
teacher certification requirements. Cynthia may invite a
guest speaker from the New Jersey Department of Education
to a future meeting.
Bill Monahan, NJPA, proposed adding a
new column to InPrint magazine, promoting the NJ NIE
Committee and its members. InPrint has a circulation of
1,350 and reaches newspaper publishers and editors. The
next issue has a deadline of Friday, August 17. Cynthia
Forster suggested a column featuring brief highlights of
what each member newspaper is doing for Literacy Month.
She is willing to write the article but needs input from
committee members ASAP. Liza Mattison suggested that
future columns profile NIE Coordinators, beginning with
the officers then proceeding alphabetically.
Garden State Scholastic Press
Lora Geftic, representing the Garden
State Scholastic Press Association, talked about
collaborating on future projects including Shadow-a-Pro,
a spring journalism teacher's conference, and the
upcoming Garden State Scholastic Press Day at Rutgers,
scheduled for October 29. Speakers are needed to
facilitate workshops for middle and high school
journalism teachers, students and newspaper advisers.
Subjects can include any topic that will help kids put
together a newspaper, including photography, ethics in
journalism, and design and lay-out. Vendor tables are
available to the NIE Committee and newspapers at no cost.
Interested individuals should contact Lora at:
In-House Curriculum Guide
Liza Mattison handed out her
committee's newly-developed curriculum guide. The math
guide will be e-mailed to committee members. Feedback is
invited. The next step is to lay out and publish the
document. Liza will discuss this with Bill Monahan of
NJPA. She reported that in Pennsylvania, the cost to
newspapers for a similar page is approximately 17 cents
each, and newspapers order the quantities they need. She
recommended that it remain a statewide committee document
and that the committee decide whether we want it to be
our own piece or a sponsored piece.
The question was posed and discussion
followed on: Should we be doing something with college
The next meeting is scheduled for 11
a.m. on Thursday, October 11, at the NJPA headquarters in
West Trenton. The agenda will include the NJEA
Convention, the poster idea, the new curriculum guide
developed by Liza Mattison, and projects for the
remainder of the year. A guest speaker from the State
Chamber of Commerce will be invited.
A motion to adjourn passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 pm.
Respectfully Submitted, Shirley J.
Summary of the
June 7, 2001, Meeting
The June 7, 2001, meeting of the
Newspaper in Education Statewide Committee was held at
the New Jersey Press Foundation headquarters in West
Trenton from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fifteen members attended the meeting,
including: Cynthia Forster (The Record) and Shirley Sasor
(Hunterdon County Democrat) co-chairpersons; Harry Hart
and Anne Carrel (The Courier-Post); Antonette
Bementre-Walter (Burlington County Times); Melissa
Edwards (Packet Publications); Jackie Mickelburgh (The
Star-Ledger); Jackie Wilson (The Herald News); Ken
Wenther and Gail Bonus (The New York Times); Lee Williams
(The Daily Record, Parsippany); Milli Kerner (The Times
of Trenton); Karen Theer (Home News Tribune); Wendy Halle
(Courier News, Bridgewater); Liza Mattison (Easton
Express-News). Tom Engleman, director of the Press
Foundation and Dr. Robert Kubey of Rutgers University
Report by Finance Subcommittee
(Tom Engleman & Buddy Hart)
Committee members outlined a proposal
for a $25,000 grant, to be budgeted potentially as
- Prizes: $1,000
- Curriculum Guides/Workshops tied
into theme: $4,000
- Purchase of papers: $20,000
Each participating paper would
tentatively get $1,000 to buy papers at NIE prices. Buddy
needs to know what each paper charges (NIE price). It was
proposed that each participating paper would promote the
contest, run a minimum of 3 ads (3 columns x 6 inches),
and run essays of the 1st prize winners (3 essays - 1 in
each grade division).
Essay Contest Proposed Guidelines:
-- Topic might be Violence in Education or other as
proposed by sponsor
-- Three Divisions: Grades 6 and under; 7-9; 10-12
-- Judging: Independent group to judge, perhaps another
state NIE Committee
-- Winners: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners
-- Recognition: Savings bond, plaque, invitation to
Luncheon of Champions
Motion to approve proceeding with
initial concept of corporate sponsorship was passed
Guest Speaker: Dr.Robert Kubey,
director, Center of Media Studies (Rutgers
Topic: Media Literacy
Goals: To develop more critical audiences and encourage
"mindful" viewing of the media in all its
Report by Bylaws Committee
Following a discussion about what
percentage of state committee membership should
constitute a quorum (25%, 30% or 50%), the committee
voted to define a quorum as 30% of total membership.
Added to ByLaws: Committee shall defer
to Roberts Rules of Order to resolve procedural
questions. In the event of a tie vote, NJPA Foundation
representative (Tom Engleman, current) shall cast the
Motion to accept bylaws, as amended,
NIE Committee Chairs: Motion that
Cynthia continue as Chairperson and Shirley continue as
Vice-Chair passed unanimously.
Report by Curriculum Committee
Committee is preparing a 4-page tab
with 20 activities each for language arts and math. Will
include the core curriculum content standards.They would
love to have additional membership to help with this
Other Business & Announcements
Motion that NIE be represented at the
November 2001 NJEA Convention passed unanimously.
NIE National Meeting in Hershey, Pa.:
Proposal for table due in August.