Free Speech Wall Project Brainstorming

SPJ/ONA DePaul presented its free speech wall project at the SPJ Region 5 conference in Chicago. After the presentation, we held a brainstorming meeting with other chapters that attended, including Indiana, Loyola, Butler and Eastern Kentucky.

Here are some of the ideas the chapters came up with as we plan to take the project to the regional and national level with other chapters next year:

  • Hold your free speech wall not only on campus, but on a public sidewalk or park.
  • Coordinate with all chapters participating by tweeting to the #fsw hashtag on Twitter as the event goes on. Tweet photos, what’s posted, short videos, etc.
  • Have signs with details from landmark free speech court cases near the free speech wall area.
  • Hold it both indoors and outdoors on your campus.
  • Coordinate a multi-school free speech wall in your area (DePaul and Loyola are doing this) and then present findings to local media/professional SPJ chapter.
  • Partner with a local pro chapter and do it in public and on campus.
  • In Chicago, you could post a free speech wall in the performers section on a CTA subway line.
  • Have an online component — post to Twitter or a message board — and see if people say different things online as opposed to writing on the wall.
  • Tie the free speech wall project in with a First Amendment Free Food Festival on your campus.
  • Bring more snacks as you’ll run out quickly!

DePaul Students Win 16 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards


SPJ DePaul’s outgoing executive board with some of their Red Line Project and Good Day DePaul awards.

DePaul University College of Communication journalism students won 16 SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards Saturday at a ceremony in St. Louis. Region 5 covers schools in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

First-place finishers advance to the national Mark of Excellence competition and will compete against winners from 11 other regions.

Good Day DePaul

1st Place: TV In-Depth Reporting (Eva Green)

2nd Place: Best All-Around TV Newscast

2nd Place: TV Sports Reporting (Ryann Rumbaugh)

2nd Place: TV In-Depth Reporting (Courtney Sturgeon)

Third Place: TV Breaking News Reporting (Jenn Schanz)

Third Place: TV Feature Reporting (Dakari Turner)

Red Line Project

1st Place: Online News Reporting (Election Night Staff Coverage)

1st Place: Online In-Depth Coverage (Election Night Preview/Voter’s Guide)

2nd Place: Best Affiliated Website (Red Line Project)

Third Place: Online In-Depth Coverage (NATO Summit Preview Guide)

Third Place: Online Sports Reporting (Chicago Sidelines/The Red Line Project Staff)

The DePaulia

1st Place: Feature Photography (Joanie Faletto)

2nd Place: Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper

2nd Place: Breaking News Photography (Bartosz Brzezinski)

Third Place: General News Photography (Grant Myatt)

Third Place: Feature Writing (Joanie Faletto)