Deadliner Express — June 13, 2012

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Deadliner Express — June 13, 2012

Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” Speaks to a Packed Room at the Waldorf (Video)

Steve Kroft, the long-time correspondent of CBS’s “60 Minutes,” spoke to a rapt audience of more than 230 journalists and their guests at The Deadline Club Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf on June 4, 2012. Watch the video, which is now online at www.deadlineclub.org.

One of the country’s leading political television correspondents, Kroft scored the first sit-down interview with President Barack Obama after his election. He spoke to The Deadline Club about the presidential election and modern television coverage in a half-hour conversation with Stephen Shepard, the founding dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. They ended their conversation with a lively question-and-answer session with the audience.

On With The Show…

The conversation was followed by the presentation of the club’s coveted “Rube” statuettes. The late American artist Rube Goldberg designed these off-kilter sculptures to look like a “dead line.” The Deadline Club has bequeathed them to the winners of its annual awards for decades. This year’s contest was the most competitive in living memory, with 440 entries from more than 70 media companies.

The 2012 Excellence in Education Award went to Noreen Connolly, a teacher and journalism advisor at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. She was one of the high school teachers that Nicholas D. Kristoff took with him to Africa last year. During the event, the club also awarded scholarships to three exceptional journalism students studying in New York. They each received scholarships worth $2,500 and were invited to attend the awards dinner as the guests of the club. As always, the evening not only benefited the scholarship winners, but also provided important support for the events and programming produced throughout the year.

Benefits of Membership

The Deadline Club typically hosts one or two events a month, including intensive workshops on topics ranging from freedom of information laws to social media, insightful panels, newsroom tours and media mixers. It’s a great way to make new professional contacts. Members have many opportunities to socialize with their peers working in print, broadcast and digital media in New York City.

Although the Annual Awards Dinner is open to all, members may attend on discounted tickets. Deadline Club members also enjoy wining and dining privileges at the historic Salmagundi Club, our home base on Fifth Avenue in the Village. (See http://www.salmagundi.org.) The Deadline Club is the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. National membership includes an annual subscription to Quill magazine and access to online, on demand professional training through SPJ’s website.

Not yet a member? Apply at http://www.spj.org/join.asp. Once you complete your application for national membership in the Society of Professional Journalists, click “local chapter dues” and enter $30 for the New York Deadline Club. That’s right, local dues are a mere $30! What are you waiting for? Join online today.

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