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.

SPJ/ONA DePaul Presents LinkedIn Workshop

DePaul Career Specialist Michael Elias joined SPJ/ONA for a workshop on best practices for LinkedIn. Participants had the chance to work on their profiles while learning new tips and tricks for networking and ultimately getting a great internship or job. Check out these photos from the event.

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!

First Chapter Meeting Next Tuesday, Oct. 7

Join SPJ/ONA DePaul for our first chapter meeting of the school year next Tuesday. We’ll have free pizza, pop and snacks, plus other freebies you won’t want to miss. This is the perfect time to learn more about the organization and chat with current members. Everyone is welcome, member or not. See you next Tuesday!

When: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Where: 14 E. Jackson, Room 1136

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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.

Happy Constitution Day! @spj_iu is celebrating with a free speech wall. #fsw17

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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.