Diversity in War Reporting Panel: Wednesday, March 4

Diversity in War Reporting Flier

Join SPJ/ONA DePaul and our panel of experts for a conversation on war reporting and conflict-zone news coverage. Panelists will discuss issues including:

  • The controversy surrounding NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams
  • How to navigate language and cultural barriers during foreign correspondence
  • Safety measures while reporting in conflict zones


  • 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
  • Alexandra Halaby, senior contributing editor and spokesperson at the International Middle East Media Center
  • Cornell Wilson, attorney, community advocate and United States Marine Corps veteran
  • Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune Nation/World and Global Connections Editor

Moderator: Chris Bury, Al Jazeera America correspondent and DePaul University senior journalist in residence

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #SPJWDP

SPJ/ONA DePaul’s Feature Writing Workshop at De La Salle Institute

SPJ/ONA DePaul's Membership Coordinator Jenna Duddleston helps students with feature story ideas for the yearbook. (Photo / Emily Brosious)

Membership Coordinator Jenna Duddleston helps students with feature story ideas for the yearbook. (Photo / Emily Brosious)

This December, SPJ/ONA DePaul’s executive board members had the opportunity to lead a feature-writing workshop with the high school yearbook class at De La Salle Institute on Chicago’s South Side.

We had a blast working with the students on feature writing fundamentals and storytelling techniques. They dove right into our hands-on writing exercises and seemed excited to pitch their own story ideas and receive feedback from the class. The students impressed us with their enthusiasm and knack for storytelling.

SPJ/ONA DePaul’s executive board organizes community service programs like this each year as part of our commitment to extend journalism into the broader community.

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.

Apply for an SPJ/ONA DePaul E-Board Position

SPJ/ONA DePaul is seeking students to fill four executive board positions for the 2014-15 school year. Students must be available from May 15, 2014 to the end of the winter quarter, 2015 (roughly March 31).

Candidates will be interviewed on May 8 and 9.  You must sign up for an interview time on Reilley’s office door, room 1106, 14 E. Jackson Blvd. Please bring two copies of your resume to the interview and dress professionally.

To read the job descriptions, click on the link:

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DePaul Wins 23 SPJ Region 5 MOE Awards, 7 First-Places

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DePaul students with their haul (left to right): Rima Mandwee, Brianna Kelly, Melanie Stone, Tyler Carter and Jakub Rudnik.

DePaul University College of Communication journalism students won 23 awards, including seven first-place wins, in the SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards on April 12.

The Region 5 awards recognize the best student work in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. The winners advance to the national SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, which will be judged in May.

The 23 awards are the most DePaul has won in the four years participating in the competition.

The first-place winners (complete list):

Best Digital Student Publication: The Red Line Project

Best Use of Multimedia: Searchable Crime Maps, Clayton Guse and Andrew Rodriguez, The Red Line Project

Online News Reporting: School’s Out: CPS Closes 50 Schools, Joe Ruppel, Josclynn Brandon, The Red Line Project

Online Sports Reporting: Chicago Marathon coverage, Chicago Sidelines/The Red Line Project staff

Television Feature Reporting: Crazy Deli, Jessica Paris, Good Day DePaul

General News Reporting: Flags Under Fire, Dylan Fahoome; Dylan McHugh; Michael Corio, The DePaulia

Sports Column Writing: Sports Columns, David Webber, The DePaulia

SPJ/ONA’s Stone Writes About Journalists and Coding for PBS MediaShift

PBS MediaShift ScreengrabDePaul junior Melanie Stone, an SPJ/ONA executive board member, wrote about why she’s learning journalism and coding in a recent blog post for PBS MediaShift.

Stone, SPJ/ONA’s events coordinator, writes: “I want to write, first and foremost. But I also want to be able to contribute in a newsroom someday, combining web programming skills with my writing chops to create the best possible content for readers.”

SPJ/ONA DePaul is holding a coding workshop on Jan. 17 with Chicago Tribune news apps developer Andy Boyle.