SPJ/ONA DePaul Presents LinkedIn Workshop

DePaul Career Specialist Michael Elias joined SPJ/ONA for a workshop on best practices for LinkedIn. Participants had the chance to work on their profiles while learning new tips and tricks for networking and ultimately getting a great internship or job. Check out these photos from the event.

LinkedIn Workshop & Free Headshots Tuesday, Nov. 11

So you have a LinkedIn account, but do you know how to use it? Join SPJ/ONA DePaul to go beyond the basics.

Communication Career Specialist Michael Elias will show attendees how to take advantage of LinkedIn’s networking opportunities to snag a job.

2013-2014 SPJ/ONA President Brianna Kelly will also be on site taking free headshots. You’ll leave with new tips for maximizing your LinkedIn presence as well as a high-quality portrait.

LinkedIn Flier

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Where: Daley Building, Room 1130 – 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604

Time: 4 to 5:45 p.m.

See you there!

SPJ/ONA DePaul Wins Outstanding Campus Chapter Award

The 2014-2015 SPJ/ONA Executive Board, from left to right: Sadé Carpenter: Social Media & PR Coordinator, Stephanie Wade: Vice President/Events, Rima Mandwee: Secretary/Treasurer, Brianna Kelly: 2013-2014 President, Jenna Duddleston: Membership Coordinator, Emily Brosious: Current President

The 2014-2015 SPJ/ONA Executive Board, from left to right: Sadé Carpenter: Social Media & PR Coordinator, Stephanie Wade: Vice President/Events, Rima Mandwee: Secretary/Treasurer, Brianna Kelly: 2013-2014 President, Jenna Duddleston: Membership Coordinator, Emily Brosious: Current President (Photo/Mike Reilley)

SPJ/ONA DePaul received the Region 5 Outstanding Campus Chapter Award at the 2014 Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This is their third win in four years.

The organization was honored for its inventive programming during the 2013-2014 academic year, including a Women in Sports Journalism panel and web coding workshop with Andy Boyle of the Chicago Tribune. The chapter also presented a social media training for students at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School.

The chapter also organized a Free Speech Wall to celebrate Constitution Day, in which DePaul students exercised their First Amendment rights by sharing uncensored advice, opinions and thoughts. Past president Brianna Kelly and Secretary/Treasurer Rima Mandwee presented a workshop on September 5, 2014 at the EIJ conference with organizational tips for other campus and professional chapters.

2013-2014 E-board president Brianna Kelly (left) and Secretary/Treasurer Rima Mandwee (right) display the award. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

Brianna Kelly (left) and Rima Mandwee (right) display the award. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

SPJ/ONA DePaul was also a finalist for the National Campus Chapter of the Year Award, which they won in 2011 and 2013.

SPJ/ONA DePaul’s Kelly, Rudnik Receive Awards

Brianna Kelly and Jakub Rudnik

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’s Review and Feedback on Code of Ethics Changes


Yeah, it’s time for an update. (Photo/Melanie Stone)

By Brianna Kelly
SPJ/ONA DePaul President

The past two SPJ/ONA DePaul chapter meetings were dedicated to re-evaluating the SPJ Code of Ethics and suggesting changes. This is part of a national movement in the organization to update the code and make it more relevant.

Since the journalistic guidelines haven’t been revisited since 1996, we felt that it was important to review it with a critical eye. We took a page from the book of the University of Georgia’s SPJ/ONA chapter for our own rewrite session.

On Jan. 27, the chapter executive board and a couple of members met for the first in-depth look at the code. We went through it line-by-line, brainstorming suggestions of how it can be improved. Most of our ideas (in red) focused on expanding and clarifying existing guidelines.

Then we invited DePaul professors Jason Martin and Bruce Evensen, who specialize in journalism ethics and social responsibility, to the meeting on Feb. 25 to review our suggestions. They gave us feedback and shared their own ideas that you see linked below.

We decided that a set of guidelines should be established to define proper conduct on social media. There needs to be a standard for the way journalists interact with other users, find sources, break news, cite outside information, share stories and so on. The current code isn’t clear on how to address those areas.

Our chapter also urges the committee to strongly consider a more flexible code, such as the one being developed by the Online News Association. We also encourage the committee to implement many of the ideas and suggestions from veteran online journalist Steve Buttry.

Also, we strongly encourage other student chapters to review the code and make recommendations. Make sure you voice is heard.

Read the .PDF of our recommended changes:
SPJ Code of Ethics Changes Notes

SPJ/ONA DePaul Members in DePaul University Journalism Video

SPJ/ONA DePaul President Brianna Kelly, Vice President Jakub Rudnik and faculty adviser Mike Reilley are quoted in DePaul University’s graduate journalism program video. They talk about the experiences of taking and teaching classes in a large media market.