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).

SPJ/ONA DePaul Chapter Seeks 2015-16 Board Officers

SPJ/ONA DePaul has openings on its executive board for the 2015-16 school year for the following positions:

•Vice president                                                                                               •Secretary/treasurer                                                                                 •Events/programming coordinator                                                       •Membership/PR/social media coordinator

This is a terrific resume-building opportunity to get involved in a leadership capacity with a national SPJ chapter of the year and annual contender for DePaul’s student organization of the year.

Students must be enrolled in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 quarters to be eligible. Journalism and other majors welcome. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to Jason Martin, adviser, jmart181@depaul.edu. If you are unsure what office might be the best fit, or interested in multiple ones, please indicate it in your letter. Please also email with any questions or concerns.

Hard copies of the job descriptions and application info are also available posted to the door of Dr. Martin’s office, 1126 Daley, 14 E. Jackson.

You will receive a prompt response to schedule a time to discuss the openings with the adviser and incoming chapter president, Marc Filippino. Feel free to contact him at mfilipp1@mail.depaul.edu,

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.

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

Panelists:

  • 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

Freedom of Information Workshop Recap

Matt Topic, BGA outside counsel, presents to the workshop attendees. (photo/Emily Brosious)

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.

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