Terry Harper Memorial Scholarships
Meet the Recipients
This year, SPJ awarded four convention scholarships in memory of Terry Harper, SPJs executive director from 2002 to 2009. The following people were selected to receive Harper Memorial Scholarships to attend the Excellence in Journalism 2017 Conference in Anaheim.
Stacey Barchenger covers legal affairs and justice for The Tennessean. Her ongoing coverage of the rape trials of Vanderbilt University football players has earned several awards, including in 2017 a national honor for exceptional reporting on sexual violence. Her investigative work exposed Tennessees lethargic parole system, which left one falsely accused man in prison for a year even after his charges was dropped. The reporting led to the mans release and a change in state law. Barchenger started at The Tennessean in October 2014. Originally from Oregon, she worked at her hometown newspaper The Statesman Journal in Salem for four years before moving to Floridas Space Coast to cover criminal justice and local government at Florida Today.
Sharon Dunten is a veteran journalist who has worked in the news industry for more than 20 years. She presently holds the position as SPJ Region 3 Assistant Regional Director. She is editor for the SPJ Region 3 news website, SizingUpTheSouth.com and coordinator of SPJ Region 3 social media. Dunten is co-founder of the SPJ Georgia Pro Chapter, established in 2013. Dunten worked with Gannett Media Group as a reporter for the Indianapolis Star and the Hattiesburg American, and as well as a copy editor for the Richmond Palladium-Item before being laid off in 2011. As a freelance reporter and photojournalist, she has covered both Hurricanes Katrina and Matthew for national news organizations like the Washington Post and Disaster News Network. She continues to work as a freelance professional within her own company, Dunten Media Services LLC. Dunten is a graduate from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, where she studied journalism and sociology.
Danielle McLean is an investigative reporter at ThinkProgress and incoming chair SPJs Freedom of Information Committee. Over the past five years, McLean has worked as an investigative reporter at the Bangor Daily News and has been published in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the MetroWest Daily News, the Milford Daily News, and dozens of weekly Massachusetts publications. She was ranked no. 13 in Scout Somerville magazines list of the top 40 local leaders in the City of Somerville, Massachusetts for her reporting at the Somerville Journal newspaper and has won the New England Newspaper and Press Associations government, transportation, business and economic, and courts and crime reporting awards. McLean served as president of SPJs New England chapter, pushing for public records reform and a free press. Under her watch, the chapter won SPJs 2014-15 Circle of Excellence award for Freedom of Information.
Jason Parsley is a past president of SPJ Florida. He is also last year's recipient of the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award. He currently serves on multiple SPJ committees including bylaws, diversity and awards. This year he also served on the national Governance Task Force to help lead SPJ into the future. Professionally he's the executive editor of a weekly LGBT publication in South Florida.