SPJ/ONA DePaul Featured in Conversations Magazine

SPJ/ONA DePaul is featured on the cover of the most recent edition of Conversations, the magazine of the DePaul University College of Communication.

The story focuses on the student organization winning the SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year award for the second time in three years, as well as the group’s efforts to launch a national “Free Speech Wall” program on Constitution Day.


SPJ/ONA’s Stone Writes About Journalists and Coding for PBS MediaShift

PBS MediaShift ScreengrabDePaul junior Melanie Stone, an SPJ/ONA executive board member, wrote about why she’s learning journalism and coding in a recent blog post for PBS MediaShift.

Stone, SPJ/ONA’s events coordinator, writes: “I want to write, first and foremost. But I also want to be able to contribute in a newsroom someday, combining web programming skills with my writing chops to create the best possible content for readers.”

SPJ/ONA DePaul is holding a coding workshop on Jan. 17 with Chicago Tribune news apps developer Andy Boyle.

ONA Chicago Holiday Meet-Up at the Sun-Times

ONA Chicago Meetup

ONA Chicago’s meet-up at the Sun-Times brought in more than 50 attendees. (Photos courtesy ONA Chicago)

DePaul University journalism alumni and SPJ/ONA DePaul members celebrated the holidays and the organizations expansion as an Online News Association group on Dec. 11 at the ONA Chicago holiday meet-up at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Attendees networked, dined on Lou Malnati’s pizza and heard great presentations from ONA Chicago’s Sherry Salko and Rivet Radio’s Charlie Meyerson.


SPJ/ONA DePaul e-board members Jakub Rudnik, Melanie Stone and Rima Mandwee.

SPJ/ONA DePaul President Brianna Kelly helped organize the DePaul contingent, which included the group’s executive board members as well as several alumni now working at the Sun-Times/Aggrego community news group.

SPJ/ONA Adviser Mike Reilley did a short presentation introducing the group and its involvement in ONA and SPJ, including some of its upcoming events and tech workshops.

Thanks go out to Sherry Salko, ONA Chicago, Craig Newman of the Chicago Sun-Times and everyone else working on the event. See you all in 2014!


The SPJ/ONA DePaul crew wraps up a good party.

SPJ/ONA Outreach: Online Journalism Workshop at Payton Prep

Payton1 copySPJ/ONA DePaul visited Walter Payton College Preparatory High School on Dec. 5 to host a social media workshop. About 30 students attended the presentation during their 50-minute “enrichment period” at the end of the school day.

Members of the SPJ/ONA’s executive board showed participants different ways they can promote their skills in an academic or professional way by using various social media tools.

Rima Mandwee began by talking to students about the do’s and don’ts of Twitter. She explained a general rule of thumb: don’t post it if you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying it to your mom. Melanie Stone showed them TweetDeck and talked about the many uses of Twitter.

Rima Mandwee discusses appropriate and inappropriate discussion topics on social media. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

Rima Mandwee discusses appropriate and inappropriate discussion topics on social media. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

Jakub Rudnik covered Tumblr and used the Red Line Project’s Chicago Stumbler page, which he works on as a teaching assistant at DePaul. Brianna Kelly discussed the benefits of creating a blog to showcase relevant interests or talents. She pulled up a few different examples on WordPress, including her own arts and entertainment reporting page.

The presentation wrapped up with pizza and questions.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the chapter has taught online journalism at a Chicago-area high school, following Marist (2010), Brother Rice (2011) and Gordon Tech (2012).

Jakub Rudnik shows students The Chicago Stumbler. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

Jakub Rudnik shows students The Chicago Stumbler Tumblr blog. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)

SPJ DePaul Reorganizes as SPJ/ONA DePaul, Announces Alumni Advisory Committee

SPJ DePaul has reorganized as SPJ/ONA DePaul to better serve its student journalism members at DePaul University, the organization has announced.

The group combines its Society of Professional Journalists membership with the Online News Association by offering members the option to join ONA for an extra $25 annual fee. SPJ/ONA DePaul is among the first in the country to do this, joining the University of Georgia’s SPJ/ONA organization, among others.

“With the changes in our industry, this was the perfect time to bring the two organizations together under one umbrella at DePaul,” said SPJ/ONA DePaul adviser Mike Reilley, who’s a member of both organizations. “Our programming has long had a strong online base to it, so the transition is a seamless one for us. And combining ONA’s resources with SPJ programming gives our students the best of both worlds.”

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