SPJ/ONA DePaul’s Kelly, Rudnik Receive Awards

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Jakub Rudnik (left) and Brianna Kelly with their awards.

Former SPJ/ONA DePaul officers and graduate students Brianna Kelly and Jakub Rudnik picked up awards Friday at the DePaul University College of Communication awards ceremony on the Loop campus.

Kelly, the outgoing SPJ/ONA DePaul president, received the organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award, dubbed the “SPJ MVP” award by the students. During her two years on the executive board, Kelly helped execute 15 programs and events, presented at the SPJ Region 5 conference and recruited nearly 60 students to join the organization. She served as secretary in 2012-13, when the chapter won the SPJ Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year award.

Rudnik won the Outstanding Multimedia Journalist Award for his work on The Red Line Project, a mobile site that covers news and urban issues near Chicago’s Red Line El stops. He contributed to national and regional award-winning projects, and helped relaunch Red Line as a mobile news site in fall 2013. As a graduate teaching assistant, he helped dozens of graduate and undergraduate students with multimedia projects. He served as vice president of SPJ/ONA DePaul this past academic year.

SPJ/ONA DePaul Accepts Leadership Award

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Vice President Jakub Rudnik (left) and President Brianna Kelly accepted the SRL award. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

SPJ/ONA DePaul, the campus organization for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association, received the Outstanding Organizational Development award Thursday night at the DePaul Socially Responsible Leadership Awards at the Lincoln Park Student Center.

SPJ/ONA DePaul was honored for its innovative programming, which includes social media training, ethics, free speech, coding and multimedia training and a diversity panel. Judges also mentioned the organization’s ability to recruit new members and use the web in daily operations as a factor in the award.

The organization also was a finalist in the Outstanding Student Organization and the Diversity/Social Justice categories. The organization has won eight SRL awards in the last four years.

DePaul Wins 23 SPJ Region 5 MOE Awards, 7 First-Places

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DePaul students with their haul (left to right): Rima Mandwee, Brianna Kelly, Melanie Stone, Tyler Carter and Jakub Rudnik.

DePaul University College of Communication journalism students won 23 awards, including seven first-place wins, in the SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards on April 12.

The Region 5 awards recognize the best student work in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The winners advance to the national SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, which will be judged in May.

The 23 awards are the most DePaul has won in the four years participating in the competition.

The first-place winners (complete list):

Best Digital Student Publication: The Red Line Project

Best Use of Multimedia: Searchable Crime Maps, Clayton Guse and Andrew Rodriguez, The Red Line Project

Online News Reporting: School’s Out: CPS Closes 50 Schools, Joe Ruppel, Josclynn Brandon, The Red Line Project

Online Sports Reporting: Chicago Marathon coverage, Chicago Sidelines/The Red Line Project staff

Television Feature Reporting: Crazy Deli, Jessica Paris, Good Day DePaul

General News Reporting: Flags Under Fire, Dylan Fahoome; Dylan McHugh; Michael Corio, The DePaulia

Sports Column Writing: Sports Columns, David Webber, The DePaulia

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.

Conversations

SPJ DePaul Named National Chapter of the Year

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SPJ Depaul President Brianna Kelly (left) and Ali Trumbull (right) with the SPJ National Campus and Region 5 Chapter of the Year awards. Kelly is holding the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award DePaul won for Election 2013 coverage and Trumbull is holding her Julie Galvan Award for being the top graduating student in SPJ. (Photo/Meg Wagner)

SPJ DePaul was named National Campus Chapter of the Year for the second time in three years on Aug. 25 at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The DePaul chapter, founded in 2010 in DePaul’s College of Communication, also was named the Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) Chapter of the Year.

“These honors are a great testament to our chapter’s hard work, particularly the leadership of our executive board,” said SPJ DePaul adviser Mike Reilley. “Winning National Chapter of the Year once is a great feat. Twice is a reflection of our students’ consistently strong work in the field of journalism.

Judges cited the chapter’s innovative and well-attended events and programming, use of digital technologies and its increased membership. At 73 members, SPJ DePaul is one of the largest student chapters in the nation.

SPJ DePaul competed with 11 other regional winners for the national award.

Read more: SPJ announcement

Trumbull Receives SPJ National Galvan Award

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Outgoing SPJ DePaul President Ali Trumbull with the Judy Galvan Award and the National Campus and Region 5 Chapter of the Year awards. (Photo/Brianna Kelly)

INDIANAPOLIS (SPJ release) – The Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to honor Ali Trumbull with the 2013 Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award.

She is a founding member of the DePaul Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and held three executive board positions: Program Coordinator, Publicity Director and President. Under her leadership, SPJ DePaul won multiple SPJ national and regional awards, including SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year and seven campus leadership awards from DePaul University in the past three years.

Trumbull has attended three national SPJ conferences, four regional conferences and is a 2012 graduate of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. This month, she was a facilitator for Scripps 2013 in Memphis.

Currently, Trumbull is a community news producer for Wrapports/Chicago Sun-Times Media, joining the company the day after she graduated from DePaul University with her Master’s in journalism.

The award is named in memory of Julie Galvan, a former president of the SPJ San Jose State University Campus Chapter who was killed in a car accident in 1996 while on her way to an internship. At the close of the college year, SPJ accepts nominations for someone who is outstanding in his or her class on the basis of character, community service, scholarship, proficiency in practical journalism and significant contributions to the chapter. SPJ national leadership selects one graduate who is considered most outstanding for national recognition.

List of past winners | Press release

Reilley Named SPJ National Outstanding Campus Adviser

SPJ DePaul adviser and faculty member Mike Reilley received the SPJ David Eschelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim in August.

Reilley, a faculty member who teaches online journalism, founded the chapter in 2010. The chapter, which has grown to 73 students, was named the national chapter of the year and Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) chapter of the year in 2011.

The Outstanding Campus Chapter Adviser Award, initiated in 1978, is presented annually to a person who has made an exceptional contribution to the campus chapter for which he or she serves as SPJ adviser. In 1993, the SPJ board voted to change the award name to the David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award in order to honor Eshelman, a longtime member of the Society and Board “Parliamentarian,” who was killed in 1993.

List of previous honorees | Press release