SPJ/ONA DePaul’s Kelly, Rudnik Receive Awards

Brianna Kelly and Jakub Rudnik

Jakub Rudnik (left) and Brianna Kelly with their awards.

Former SPJ/ONA DePaul officers and graduate students Brianna Kelly and Jakub Rudnik picked up awards Friday at the DePaul University College of Communication awards ceremony on the Loop campus.

Kelly, the outgoing SPJ/ONA DePaul president, received the organization’s Outstanding Leadership Award, dubbed the “SPJ MVP” award by the students. During her two years on the executive board, Kelly helped execute 15 programs and events, presented at the SPJ Region 5 conference and recruited nearly 60 students to join the organization. She served as secretary in 2012-13, when the chapter won the SPJ Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year award.

Rudnik won the Outstanding Multimedia Journalist Award for his work on The Red Line Project, a mobile site that covers news and urban issues near Chicago’s Red Line El stops. He contributed to national and regional award-winning projects, and helped relaunch Red Line as a mobile news site in fall 2013. As a graduate teaching assistant, he helped dozens of graduate and undergraduate students with multimedia projects. He served as vice president of SPJ/ONA DePaul this past academic year.

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: Sade Carpenter

Congrats to our new e-board!

Apply for an SPJ/ONA DePaul E-Board Position

SPJ/ONA DePaul is seeking students to fill four executive board positions for the 2014-15 school year. Students must be available from May 15, 2014 to the end of the winter quarter, 2015 (roughly March 31).

Candidates will be interviewed on May 8 and 9.  You must sign up for an interview time on Reilley’s office door, room 1106, 14 E. Jackson Blvd. Please bring two copies of your resume to the interview and dress professionally.

To read the job descriptions, click on the link:

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Free Speech Wall Project Brainstorming

SPJ/ONA DePaul presented its free speech wall project at the SPJ Region 5 conference in Chicago. After the presentation, we held a brainstorming meeting with other chapters that attended, including Indiana, Loyola, Butler and Eastern Kentucky.

Here are some of the ideas the chapters came up with as we plan to take the project to the regional and national level with other chapters next year:

  • Hold your free speech wall not only on campus, but on a public sidewalk or park.
  • Coordinate with all chapters participating by tweeting to the #fsw hashtag on Twitter as the event goes on. Tweet photos, what’s posted, short videos, etc.
  • Have signs with details from landmark free speech court cases near the free speech wall area.
  • Hold it both indoors and outdoors on your campus.
  • Coordinate a multi-school free speech wall in your area (DePaul and Loyola are doing this) and then present findings to local media/professional SPJ chapter.
  • Partner with a local pro chapter and do it in public and on campus.
  • In Chicago, you could post a free speech wall in the performers section on a CTA subway line.
  • Have an online component — post to Twitter or a message board — and see if people say different things online as opposed to writing on the wall.
  • Tie the free speech wall project in with a First Amendment Free Food Festival on your campus.
  • Bring more snacks as you’ll run out quickly!