Diversity in War Reporting Panel Recap

Panelists 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)

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.

Audience members listen to discussion.

Panelists included:

  • 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.

President Emily Brosious sets up camera to record event.

SPJ/ONA DePaul president Emily Brosious sets up camera to film event.

Audience members live-tweeted the conversation using the Twitter hashtag #SPJWDP.

SPJ/ONA DePaul Accepts Leadership Award

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Vice President Jakub Rudnik (left) and President Brianna Kelly accepted the SRL award. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

SPJ/ONA DePaul, the campus organization for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association, received the Outstanding Organizational Development award Thursday night at the DePaul Socially Responsible Leadership Awards at the Lincoln Park Student Center.

SPJ/ONA DePaul was honored for its innovative programming, which includes social media training, ethics, free speech, coding and multimedia training and a diversity panel. Judges also mentioned the organization’s ability to recruit new members and use the web in daily operations as a factor in the award.

The organization also was a finalist in the Outstanding Student Organization and the Diversity/Social Justice categories. The organization has won eight SRL awards in the last four years.

SPJ/ONA DePaul Announces 2014-15 Executive Board

Announcing the 2014-15 SPJ/ONA DePaul executive board:

President: Emily Brosious

Vice President/Events: Stephanie Wade

Secretary: Rima Mandwee

Membership Coordinator: Jenna Duddleston

Social Media and PR Coordinator: Sadé Carpenter

Congrats to our new e-board!

SPJ/ONA DePaul Free Speech Wall Presentation

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SPJ/ONA DePaul presented its Free Speech Wall program to 25 students, pros and advisers during an afternoon session at the SPJ Region 5 conference April 12 in Chicago.

The students did a 20-minute presentation, showed the wall as well as research on results of the Free Speech Wall, which they are turning into an annual Constitution Day (Sept. 17) event that will involve other SPJ chapters from around the country.

Want to participate in the program nationally? Tweet us at @spjonadepaul and we’ll help you.  Here’s a .PDF of the students’ presentation. Groups will tweet to the hashtag #FSW on the 17th.

After the presentation, Region 5 attendees formed small groups to brainstorm suggestions and improvements for the larger-scale Free Speech Wall for Constitution Day 2014

SPJ members from Eastern Kentucky University suggested creating informational boards to display next to the wall, explaining the history of why we have the right to free speech. Content could range from court cases that fought for our right to free speech to posting the First Amendment verbatim.

The success of the Free Speech Wall prompted the suggestion that Chicago citizens should get the opportunity to participate, not just university students. SPJ members from Loyola University also have two campuses, and they hope to post Free Speech Walls in their Rogers Park and Water Tower neighborhoods as well.

Between the four campuses, Constitution Day 2014 will allow for citizens all around Chicago to practice their First Amendment rights. Participation will grow even larger with the suggestion that we add an online component, allowing for anyone online to share their First Amendment rights and participate in our social experiment.

Watch these rough-cut videos of the presentation (turn up your sound, our shotgun mic broke):

Part I:

Part II:

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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SPJ/ONA DePaul February Chapter Meeting

Bruce Evensen, far right, shares his vast knowledge of journalism ethics with SPJ/ONA DePaul. (Photo/Melanie Stone)

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.