We’re one of the top SPJ campus chapters in the nation!

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We’ve got news! At the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore, DePaul’s SPJ chapter was named runner-up for national campus chapter of the year.

Congratulations to this year’s board and the 2017-18 officers for all their hard work in earning this honor.

DePaul SPJ chapter also was recognized as the Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year and Region 5 Program of the Year for Public Newsroom.

Here are some ways that SPJ DePaul can help with your journalism career this year:

  • The Public Newsroom series with 14 East magazine brings together journalists, experts and members of the public to learn about and discuss how to cover subjects that are important to the community, such as voting, mental health and cybersecurity
  • Newsroom tours take DePaul student journalists behind the scenes and provide a chance to meet Chicago professionals
  • Panels and workshops build skills and show how pro journalists produce great stories
  • Social events give an opportunity to meet other DePaul journalism students and talk about shared interests

Want to join SPJ? Visit this page to learn more.

Interested in applying for a free membership? Stay tuned for details.

Questions? Email chapter adviser Amy Merrick, amerric1@depaul.edu, or President Carina Smith, carinasmithnews@gmail.com

Thanks to all our SPJ members for contributing to our chapter!


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 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

Kelly Wins SPJ Minnesota Scholarship

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Brianna Kelly at the Minnesota SPJ ceremony. (Photo/Minnesota SPJ)

SPJ DePaul President Brianna Kelly was recently awarded one of two $2,500 academic scholarship through the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

On June 18, she attended the Page One Awards banquet at the Town & Country Club in St. Paul, Minn., to receive the scholarship. The event included a silent auction, dinner, a keynote speech by Randi Kaye of CNN, and an awards ceremony honoring the work of Minnesota’s journalists.

Kelly, who’s from Minnesota, will use the scholarship money toward her graduate journalism classes at DePaul.

Trumbull Receives SPJ DePaul Leadership Award

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Ali Trumbull

Outgoing SPJ DePaul President Ali Trumbull took home the SPJ DePaul leadership award Saturday at the DePaul College of Communication graduation brunch at the Union League Club.

The award is given annually to the student executive board member who exhibits strong leadership and journalism skills.

Trumbull, who received a master’s degree in journalism, has been a three-year DePaul executive board member and was one of the founding members. Besides president, she also served as events coordinator and PR/membership director.

The organization has won several awards during her time on the e-board, including the 2011 SPJ National and Region 5 Student Chapter of the Year awards.

As president, the chapter grew to 75 members, one of the largest in the country, and completed all of its required events and programs two months before the required deadline. She’s been nominated for the national SPJ student leadership award, and has conducted student chapter training seminars for the SPJ national Ted Scripps Leadership Institute.

A former intern at the Chicago Tribune Metromix and NBC 5 Chicago investigative unit, Trumbull will start a full-time job as a web producer at the Chicago Sun-Times the day after graduation.