Matt Topic, BGA outside counsel, presents to the workshop attendees. (photo/Emily Brosious)
DePaul students and members of the Chicago community joined us and the Better Government Association (BGA) last Wednesday to learn about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how to use it for reporting. Attorney Matt Topic explained what the FOIA covers, what it doesn’t, and how to file a request with government agencies. He also shared steps for appealing a denied request.
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.”
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.
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.
The LinkedIn Workshop was presented by Michael Elias of the Career Center. (Photos/Sadé Carpenter)
The attendees all had the chance to work on their profiles during the workshop.
Student Diamaris Martino works on her LinkedIn page.
More students update their profiles with the tips provided by Elias.
Michael Elias shares LinkedIn best practices.
Elias gave tips for adding connections to build your network.
The LinkedIn Profile Checklist is a great way to make sure your profile is complete.
Graduate student Demetria Mosley updates her profile and adds new connections.
Vice President Stephanie Wade (left) and Membership Coordinator Jenna Duddleston (right) update their LinkedIn profiles.
After the LinkedIn presentation, former President Brianna Kelly took free headshots for attendees. (left to right: Demetria Mosley, Brianna Kelly, Emily Brosious)
2013-14 President Brianna Kelly sets up her photography equipment with current President Emily Brosious.
Brianna Kelly gets ready to take complimentary headshots.
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!