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SPJ awards program grants to three pro, three campus chapters


Andy Schotz, SPJ Region 2 Director, aschotz@spj.org
Isaac Taylor, SPJ Communications Coordinator, (317) 920-4785, itaylor@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Society of Professional Journalists has chosen six chapters to receive a total of $2,400 in program grants.

SPJ’s regional directors chose the grants from the most recent applications to SPJ’s 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:

Pro chapters
• 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

Campus chapters
• 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.

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