SPJ/ONA DePaul Announces 2015-16 Executive Board


May 20, 2015 – The DePaul University chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists today announced seven officers appointed to the executive board for the 2015-16 school year.

President: Marc Filippino is a master’s student in journalism and an intern at Rivet Radio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and also has experience with DNAinfo in Chicago and Radio DePaul. @mfilippino

Vice President: Jenna Duddleston is a senior journalism major focusing on broadcast journalism. She also works as a production intern for Campus Insiders. Duddleston returns to the executive board after serving as membership coordinator in 2014-15. @jennaduddleston

Secretary/Treasurer: Mariah Woelfel is a member of the five-year BA/MA journalism program who is completing her bachelor’s degree. She also serves as multimedia editor of The DePaulia and co-hosts Scrawl Radio on Radio DePaul. @mariahwoelfel

Membership Coordinator: Cheyenne Bowers is a senior journalism major who returns to DePaul after spending four months abroad as an editorial assistant for SUITCASE Magazine in London, England. She is interested in broadcasting and has experience with Good Day DePaul. @cheyennebowers_

Events Coordinator: Miró McPherson is a senior triple majoring in journalism, political science and hospitality leadership. She has experience planning events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Chicago and has interned at Chicago Lifestyle magazine and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. @alicemiro

Social Media/Publicity Coordinators: Diana Gutierrez is a communication and media major who serves as a social media intern for Rivet Radio and as a Blue Demon cheerleader. @dmgutierrez94

Rachel Hinton, a junior double majoring in journalism and political science, has worked as a copy editor for The DePaulia and as a freelancer for the Plainfield Enterprise. @rrhinton

The new leadership team will begin work this summer alongside Amy Merrick, who will assume the duties of chapter faculty adviser for the 2015-16 academic year. Merrick is a former Wall Street Journal reporter who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. @amyjmerrick

Visit spjonadepaul.com for news and updates on SPJ/ONA DePaul, and connect on Twitter (@spjonadepaul) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/spjonadepaul).

SPJ/ONA DePaul Chapter Seeks 2015-16 Board Officers

SPJ/ONA DePaul has openings on its executive board for the 2015-16 school year for the following positions:

•Vice president                                                                                               •Secretary/treasurer                                                                                 •Events/programming coordinator                                                       •Membership/PR/social media coordinator

This is a terrific resume-building opportunity to get involved in a leadership capacity with a national SPJ chapter of the year and annual contender for DePaul’s student organization of the year.

Students must be enrolled in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 quarters to be eligible. Journalism and other majors welcome. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to Jason Martin, adviser, jmart181@depaul.edu. If you are unsure what office might be the best fit, or interested in multiple ones, please indicate it in your letter. Please also email with any questions or concerns.

Hard copies of the job descriptions and application info are also available posted to the door of Dr. Martin’s office, 1126 Daley, 14 E. Jackson.

You will receive a prompt response to schedule a time to discuss the openings with the adviser and incoming chapter president, Marc Filippino. Feel free to contact him at mfilipp1@mail.depaul.edu,

Freedom of Information Request Workshop

You’ve probably heard of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but do you know how to file a request?

“The FOIA has compelled federal agencies to yield millions of documents relating to government operations and performance,” according to SPJ’s website. “Every week, a news organization, scholar or public-interest group somewhere reports information of significance to public health or safety or good governance — based on material gleaned from FOIA requests.”

Join SPJ/ONA DePaul for a FOIA workshop with the Better Government Association. This event is free and open to both members and non-members.

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1128

Email us at with questions or concerns. See you soon!FOIA Workshop

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!

College Campuses Nationwide Present Free Speech Walls

Art history students express their creativity on DePaul's Free Speech Wall at Millennium Park. (photo/Stephanie Wade)

Art history students express their creativity on SPJ/ONA DePaul’s Free Speech Wall at Millennium Park. (photo/Stephanie Wade)

In honor of Constitution Day, SPJ/ONA DePaul and other SPJ student chapters across the country organized Free Speech Walls. Participants exercised their First Amendment rights to free speech by writing posts ranging from political to poetic.

Check out our Storify for more details.

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

Women in Sports Journalism Panel Coverage

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SPJ/ONA DePaul hosted a Women in Sports Journalism Panel at DePaul’s downtown campus on April 10 that explored locker room access issues, industry trends and some great advice on making it in sports media.

The event started with the ESPN documentary “Let Them Wear Towels,” a history of female journalists working in male locker rooms.

The forum was moderated ESPN Chicago reporter and DePaul adjunct instructor Melissa Isaacson, who asked panelists about their own locker room experiences, as well as advice for aspiring female sports reporters.

Video: Panelists talk about covering male-dominated locker rooms in the 1980s and ’90s. Cheryl Raye-Stout of WBEZ leads this part of the discussion.

Veteran sports reporters Cheryl Raye-Stout (WBEZ), Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune) and Kerry Sayers (670 The Score) shared some of their notable locker room experiences and how the treatment of female sports journalists has changed during their careers.

DePaul alumni and former SPJ/ONA executive board members Lauren Camplin (ESPN) and Meghan Bower (Chicago Blackhawks) compared those experiences to their own and shared how they were able to break into the world of sports media.

You also can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching the hashtag #spjsports.

Video: The panelists discuss building respect on the beat and in the locker room. Kerry Sayers of 670 The Score leads this part of the discussion.

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