SPJ/ONA DePaul Announces 2015-16 Executive Board

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May 20, 2015 – The DePaul University chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists today announced seven officers appointed to the executive board for the 2015-16 school year.

President: Marc Filippino is a master’s student in journalism and an intern at Rivet Radio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and also has experience with DNAinfo in Chicago and Radio DePaul. @mfilippino

Vice President: Jenna Duddleston is a senior journalism major focusing on broadcast journalism. She also works as a production intern for Campus Insiders. Duddleston returns to the executive board after serving as membership coordinator in 2014-15. @jennaduddleston

Secretary/Treasurer: Mariah Woelfel is a member of the five-year BA/MA journalism program who is completing her bachelor’s degree. She also serves as multimedia editor of The DePaulia and co-hosts Scrawl Radio on Radio DePaul. @mariahwoelfel

Membership Coordinator: Cheyenne Bowers is a senior journalism major who returns to DePaul after spending four months abroad as an editorial assistant for SUITCASE Magazine in London, England. She is interested in broadcasting and has experience with Good Day DePaul. @cheyennebowers_

Events Coordinator: Miró McPherson is a senior triple majoring in journalism, political science and hospitality leadership. She has experience planning events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Chicago and has interned at Chicago Lifestyle magazine and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. @alicemiro

Social Media/Publicity Coordinators: Diana Gutierrez is a communication and media major who serves as a social media intern for Rivet Radio and as a Blue Demon cheerleader. @dmgutierrez94

Rachel Hinton, a junior double majoring in journalism and political science, has worked as a copy editor for The DePaulia and as a freelancer for the Plainfield Enterprise. @rrhinton

The new leadership team will begin work this summer alongside Amy Merrick, who will assume the duties of chapter faculty adviser for the 2015-16 academic year. Merrick is a former Wall Street Journal reporter who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an MFA in creative writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. @amyjmerrick

Visit spjonadepaul.com for news and updates on SPJ/ONA DePaul, and connect on Twitter (@spjonadepaul) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/spjonadepaul).

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 Wins Outstanding Campus Chapter Award

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

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.

2013-2014 E-board president Brianna Kelly (left) and Secretary/Treasurer Rima Mandwee (right) display the award. (Photo/Mike Reilley)

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 Free Speech Wall: Sept. 17

On Sept. 17, 2013, SPJ/ONA DePaul launched the first SPJ Free Speech Wall exercise on Constitution Day. Students set up blank “walls” on our Lincoln Park and Loop campuses so students, faculty, administration and staff could write anything they wanted, exercising their First Amendment rights.

On Sept. 5, SPJ/ONA DePaul will present the Free Speech Wall at the SPJ/RTDNA Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville. Our student executive board will walk you through how to do your own Free Speech Wall on Sept. 17 this year and join a nationwide effort by tweeting photos, findings and observations to our hashtag, #fsw17.

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A few steps to get you started:

  1. Follow the instructions in the Free Speech Wall presentation on Sept. 5
  2. Set up your own Free Speech Wall and tweet findings, turnout and photos to #fsw17 on Sept. 17.
  3. Categorize posts and build a visual (data visualization, chart or other visual). See charts in Powerpoint.
  4. SPJ/ONA DePaul will do data visualizations in Google Fusion Tables and/or Datawrapper.de this year and post them online.
  5. Share your work: Tweet findings to #fsw17 by Oct. 1.
  6. Watch @spjonadepaul for more details and examples. Make sure to follow us and we’ll follow back. We also will post findings to SPJONADePaul.com

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!