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Bio (click to expand) Kym Fox joined SPJ while an undergrad at Arizona State University in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She has been president of the San Antonio Pro Chapter and is currently the co-adviser to the Texas State University student chapter. Fox spent the first 20 something years of her career as a reporter and editor, first at the Mesa Tribune, a 40,000 daily in a suburb of Phoenix, and then 18 years at the San Antonio Express-News. She was the deputy metro editor when she left the Express-News to take to the classroom at Texas State. Most of her career, she spent covering courts and legal affairs, thus her affinity for Freedom of Information projects. Over the years she has covered everything from high school sports to George H.W Bush signing NAFTA. She has interviewed the Queen of England and Michael Jackson, though not at the same time. Along with her B.S. in journalism, she earned an M.A. in communications from the University of the Incarnate Word while an editor at the Express-News. At Texas State she is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the journalism sequence. She teaches a variety of writing classes as well as multimedia journalism. Her take on the future of journalism: “Newspapers are NOT dying. They are evolving.” Find her on Twitter @kymfox.

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Bio (click to expand) Rebecca J. “Becky” Tallent is an award-winning journalist and public relations specialist with more than 12 years experience as an energy/environmental and financial journalist plus an additional 16 years experience as a public relations specialist and five years as an educator. She is currently an assistant professor of journalism and mass media at the University of Idaho.

Becky’s experience as a reporter and editor inside Oklahoma was with the Daily Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, Oklahoma Business News Co. (where she was reporter and editor of the Oklahoma Energy/Environment Report) and as editor of the Oklahoma Banker. She has also covered energy and environmental issues for McGraw-Hills News, Inc. of New York (Platt’s Oilgram News, Engineering Week and Green Markets); Reuter’s U.S. Financial, Inc. based in New York; and the Washington, D.C.-based Oil Daily.

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Before Idaho, Becky taught journalism at Bishop McGuinness High School, Southwestern College, the University of Phoenix, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Some of Becky’s most recent awards include: 2003 Faculty Member of the Year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; first place, 2001, American Marketer’s Association, Oklahoma City Chapter, Marketing Campaign for Epworth Villa; second place, 2001, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Chapter, not-for-profit publications (Epworth Villa); first place, 2000, Society of Professional Journalists, not-for-profit publications (The Oklahoma Banker); and the 1999 Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators for the Oklahoma Banker.

Becky has been a member of SPJ since 1972 when she joined the University of Central Oklahoma student chapter. She joined the Oklahoma Professional Chapter in 1977 and became a member of the Snake River Chapter in 2006. She has served on numerous local and national committees for SPJ. Becky’s dedication to the Society lies in her belief that service in SPJ is a way to contribute something back to the profession.

Becky earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1975) and her Master of Education in Journalism (1977) from the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Classroom Teaching/Mass Communications from Oklahoma State University in 1995.

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Home > Resources for Students > Tools for Leaders > Programs in a Box > Slice 'n' Dice

Slice 'n' Dice
Introduction | Directions | Downloadable Resources


Grab a slice and let the pros dice. That's right, it's Slice 'n' Dice, a program that brings together students and professionals for networking, résumé critiques and grub.

We've got everything you need in the "virtual" box, including directions, flyers and a sign up sheet. There are even some nifty table tents to spruce up the place. All you need to do is bring in the pros and order some pizza.


First things first: pick a date. The most practical dates in our book? Beginning of the quarter or semester when school realities have yet to set in and right before graduation, just in time for that “Oh crap, I have to get a job” moment. As for the time, it works best at lunch time (pizza and lunch together, who would have guessed...). This time slot also makes it easy for your professional critique-masters to slide it into their own lunch hour.

Get the info out. We have the flyer ready for download, so this step is pretty simple. Fill out your info, print it off, email it around and tape it to restroom stalls. Well, maybe not that last one. Whatever you do, don't forget to tell all students, not just your members. This is a great recruiting tool. Also, remember to distribute the flyer out to the professionals so they have some solid information and something appealing to look at as a reminder.

Price the pizza. Call around, ask questions and sound important. Many pizza places will cut you a deal just because the advertising is good for them. Remember to check with your school about funding opportunities so the money doesn't have to come out of your chapter's wallet.

Get a schedule together. We've included a template for scheduling time slots so you can get things organized before the event or right at the start. If you don't need them, don't use them. Sometimes a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach works better. Just make sure that you don't keep any student waiting for long periods of time or leave a pro standing there with nothing better to do than stare at their phone.

Set up and grub. In this neat, little virtual box, you'll also find some nifty table tents. Print, fold and direct people to their numbered station. This will give you more time to stuff your own face, trust us, everyone needs that.

Enjoy the event and don’t forget to let us know how it went. We’d love to hear from you.

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