SPJ awards program grants to three pro, three campus chapters
Andy Schotz, SPJ Region 2 Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, email@example.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Society of Professional Journalists has chosen six chapters to receive a total of $2,400 in program grants.
SPJs regional directors chose the grants from the most recent applications to SPJs chapter grant program. Grants of up to $500 are awarded for innovative programs and events that help build membership.
The next grant application deadline is Oct. 31. Email Region 2 Director Andy Schotz at LawnGyland@aol.com if you have questions.
The latest grant recipients are:
Arkansas Pro chapter: $500 for "Get the Scoop and Check the Facts," a traveling ice cream social membership event
Florida Pro chapter: $500 for Journalists Against Humanity, a journalism-related spinoff off the Cards Against Humanity card game
Cleveland Pro chapter: $300 for a day of journalism training for high school students, focusing on minority and female students
Weber State University (Utah) chapter: $500 for a program with a journalist who worked in Libya with James W. Foley before he was killed by the Islamic State group. The program would be held in conjunction with a semester-long focus on conflict journalism.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter: $300 to hold a First Amendment Free Food Festival (UW-Eau Claire received national publicity for this event before)
University of Kentucky chapter: $300 for two events in connection with a statue of Alice Allison Dunnigan the first African-American woman to receive a press pass to the U.S. Senate gallery and the White House coming to campus. The events, held during Black History Month, will feature a biographer of Dunnigan and civil rights reporters.
For other SPJ program ideas for campus chapters, visit the Programs in a Box page.
Other program ideas include:
Muslimedia Meet and eat in a mosque.
Death Race Learn obit writing in a funeral home.
Zombie Stories Learn how to interview anyone by interviewing the undead.
Spread Immoral News(SIN) College journalists try to break every one of our Code of Ethics. It's actually not easy.
Drone Tour Our FAA-certified pilot brings a drone to you, for both training and actual filming.
Team Speed Scrabble Two players move every 30 seconds or lose their turn. It's about vocabulary and deadlines.
Fake News Game Show Teams win prizes for quickly deducing which stories are real and which are fake.
SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. Become a member, give to the Legal Defense Fund, or give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.