Eastern Kentucky University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette tie for SPJ Campus Program of the Year
Lou Harry, SPJ Awards, 317-920-4786, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoλ Berg, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785, email@example.com
INDIANAPOLIS The Society of Professional Journalists has named Eastern Kentucky University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette as this years recipients of the Campus Program of the Year Award.
Eastern Kentucky used the tradition of homecoming to work with Eastern Progress, the student media network, and the Department of Communications, to engage with students, faculty, alumni and the community on a special issue they called a throwback to alumni from 1960 to the present. Students spoke to former members of the Progress staff who entered the industry or used their skills to successfully move into other careers. This is the second year in a row Eastern Kentucky has won this award.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette took seven students and one professor to the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporters 2020 conference in New Orleans, presented in connection with the Investigative Reporters and Editors, for an opportunity to network with professionals and attend data-centric panels to enhance the skills they have learned and learn new ones. Their SPJ president also created the Cypress Lake Wire Service to inform the public on issues within the community, and SPJ members submitted articles for the website.
These honorees were chosen from a select group of campus chapters for their outstanding work in supporting the Societys missions, members and journalism.
Each year, SPJs 12 regional coordinators and directors select a campus program in their region that has shown overall excellence.
Campus Program of the Year finalists are:
Region 2 - University of Maryland
Region 2 - Western Carolina University
Region 3 - Florida International University
Region 5 - Eastern Kentucky University
Region 8 - Texas A&M University San Antonio
Region 12 - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The winners and finalists were announced and recognized virtually Thursday night at the first SPJ Student Summit. The event featured a keynote from social media guru Dave Jorgenson, the self-proclaimed Washington Post TikTok guy, and was emceed by SPJ National President Matthew T. Hall and SPJ Board member and Journalism Education Committee Chair Yvette Walker.
SPJs Outstanding Campus Chapter winner and finalists were also announced at the event. To see a map of the regions and a list of campus chapters, click here.
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