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.
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.
SPJ/ONA DePaul president Emily Brosious sets up camera to film event.
Audience members live-tweeted the conversation using the Twitter hashtag #SPJWDP.
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.