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.
SPJ/ONA DePaul adviser Mike Reilley is part of the Google Glass Explorers program. He and his winter quarter journalism students have been experimenting with the prototype glasses as a tool for gathering news. They’re discussing story ideas, ethical concerns and new storytelling methods.
Stay tuned as our SPJ/ONA DePaul student organization may hold some Glass events in the future.
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.
Dr. Sybril Bennett of Belmont University discussed the importance of incorporating the advancements of technology into the news industry. She stressed that the news industry needed to keep up with technology while journalism still has its credibility.
Bennett actively challenged audience members to remain positive about journalism’s future and find new ways to incorporate innovative approaches. While she pointed out that research and curation were still integral parts of reporting, the future of successful journalism also involves thinking how we can report news in creative ways. In Bennett’s words, if the field doesn’t catch up, news can become the middleman and the middleman can be cut.
During her session at the Excellence in Journalism national convention, Bennett also established three trending advancements including mobile, augmented reality, and gaming. All of these areas are quickly growing and Bennet believes it’s time for the news industry to begin experimenting with these technologies to reach audiences.
Bennett ended the lecture on a positive note, emphasizing that the industry is full of opportunity and the future of journalism is a bright and innovative one.