Panelists (seated) spoke about their experiences during a discussion about diversity in war reporting. (Left to right: Alex Quade, Jackie Spinner, Alex Rodriguez, Cornell Wilson, moderator Chris Bury)
An audience of more than 30 students and journalism professionals joined SPJ/ONA DePaul and an expert panel for a discussion on war reporting last Wednesday evening.
Panelists fielded questions from SPJ/ONA DePaul’s executive board as well as questions from the audience. Chris Bury, DePaul’s senior journalist in residence and award-winning broadcast journalist, moderated the event.
Audience members listen to discussion.
Alex Quade, award-winning war reporter and documentary filmmaker
Jackie Spinner, journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago and correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project
Cornell Wilson, attorney, community advocate and United States Marine Corps veteran
Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune Nation/World and Global Connections Editor
Alexandra Halaby, senior contributing editor and spokesperson at the International Middle East Media Center, was prepared to join the panel via Skype, but could not due to technical difficulties.
SPJ/ONA DePaul president Emily Brosious sets up camera to film event.
Audience members live-tweeted the conversation using the Twitter hashtag #SPJWDP.
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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.
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.
Bruce Evensen, far right, shares his vast knowledge of journalism ethics with SPJ/ONA DePaul. (Photo/Melanie Stone)
Last Tuesday, SPJ/ONA DePaul met to continue the journalism ethics discussion that began at the following chapter meeting on Jan. 27. We revisited our suggested revisions to the SPJ Code of Ethics with two of our professors who specialize in press ethics, Jason Martin and Bruce Evensen.
They helped us further develop our ideas from the brainstorming session, mainly focusing on amendments that should be made to clarify existing guidelines. We also discussed the addition of a separate set of rules to establish proper conduct for journalists on social media.
The SPJ/ONA DePaul e-board plans to share their ideas with the Ethics Committee’s review board in March.
SPJ/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)
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 Tumblr blog. (Photo by Brianna Kelly)