We’re one of the top SPJ campus chapters in the nation!

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We’ve got news! At the Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore, DePaul’s SPJ chapter was named runner-up for national campus chapter of the year.

Congratulations to this year’s board and the 2017-18 officers for all their hard work in earning this honor.

DePaul SPJ chapter also was recognized as the Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year and Region 5 Program of the Year for Public Newsroom.

Here are some ways that SPJ DePaul can help with your journalism career this year:

  • The Public Newsroom series with 14 East magazine brings together journalists, experts and members of the public to learn about and discuss how to cover subjects that are important to the community, such as voting, mental health and cybersecurity
  • Newsroom tours take DePaul student journalists behind the scenes and provide a chance to meet Chicago professionals
  • Panels and workshops build skills and show how pro journalists produce great stories
  • Social events give an opportunity to meet other DePaul journalism students and talk about shared interests

Want to join SPJ? Visit this page to learn more.

Interested in applying for a free membership? Stay tuned for details.

Questions? Email chapter adviser Amy Merrick, amerric1@depaul.edu, or President Carina Smith, carinasmithnews@gmail.com

Thanks to all our SPJ members for contributing to our chapter!


SPJ DePaul Named National and Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year

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Members of SPJ DePaul's executive board accept the SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year award at the Excellence in Journalism conference awards luncheon in New Orleans on Sept. 26. (From left: Ewa Lyczewska, Nick Tarantino, Tabitha Hurley, Katie Karpowicz, Meredith Gonsalves, Lauren Camplin and Ali Trumbull. (Photo by SPJ / Nikki Villoria - NVPhotography)

NEW ORLEANS — SPJ DePaul received the Society of Professional Journalists National Campus Chapter of the Year and Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year awards this week at the Excellence in Journalism convention at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel.

The honors give SPJ DePaul three awards – one each at the national, regional and local levels – in its first full year of existence. In June, SPJ DePaul was named Most Outstanding Student Organization by DePaul’s Office of Student Affairs.

SPJ DePaul was selected as the top student chapter in Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky) along with 11 other regional finalists. SPJ’s Vice President for Campus Chapter Affairs selects the winning national chapter from the 12 regional finalists.

The SPJ awards cover work done during the 2010-11 academic year. The awards were based on programming and events such as freedom of information, diversity community service, ethics and project watchdog (journalism education).

“DePaul presented cutting-edge programming, a successful membership recruiting campaign and strong communications within the chapter and beyond,” SPJ noted in its award announcement. Read the official SPJ press release.

Some of SPJ DePaul’s accomplishments:

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