SPJ/ONA DePaul Announces 2015-16 Executive Board


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.

Freedom of Information Request Workshop

You’ve probably heard of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but do you know how to file a request?

“The FOIA has compelled federal agencies to yield millions of documents relating to government operations and performance,” according to SPJ’s website. “Every week, a news organization, scholar or public-interest group somewhere reports information of significance to public health or safety or good governance — based on material gleaned from FOIA requests.”

Join SPJ/ONA DePaul for a FOIA workshop with the Better Government Association. This event is free and open to both members and non-members.

  • When: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1128

Email us at with questions or concerns. See you soon!FOIA Workshop

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.

LinkedIn Workshop & Free Headshots Tuesday, Nov. 11

So you have a LinkedIn account, but do you know how to use it? Join SPJ/ONA DePaul to go beyond the basics.

Communication Career Specialist Michael Elias will show attendees how to take advantage of LinkedIn’s networking opportunities to snag a job.

2013-2014 SPJ/ONA President Brianna Kelly will also be on site taking free headshots. You’ll leave with new tips for maximizing your LinkedIn presence as well as a high-quality portrait.

LinkedIn Flier

When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Where: Daley Building, Room 1130 – 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604

Time: 4 to 5:45 p.m.

See you there!

College Campuses Nationwide Present Free Speech Walls

Art history students express their creativity on DePaul's Free Speech Wall at Millennium Park. (photo/Stephanie Wade)

Art history students express their creativity on SPJ/ONA DePaul’s Free Speech Wall at Millennium Park. (photo/Stephanie Wade)

In honor of Constitution Day, SPJ/ONA DePaul and other SPJ student chapters across the country organized Free Speech Walls. Participants exercised their First Amendment rights to free speech by writing posts ranging from political to poetic.

Check out our Storify for more details.