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SPJ to host 23 student journalists for 2022 Student Leadership Institute


Karyn Nishimura Sneath, SPJ Director of Education, 317-920-4791, ksneath@spj.org
Michelle Lagos, SPJ Communications Coordinator, 317-361-4134, mlagos@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is bringing together 23 students to participate in its second Student Leadership Institute.

The weekend institute is designed for a small cohort of journalism students to learn skills needed to be successful in the evolving, complex and diverse field from professional facilitators.

SLI will provide participants with a solid foundation on self-awareness and the skills necessary for leading and contributing to a team. Students will also learn to understand and apply the SPJ Code of Ethics, making them more credible and ethical-based journalists.

The institute, created with support from the Scripps Howard Foundation, is set for July 8-10 at Waycross Conference Center in Morgantown, Indiana. Participants were chosen by a selection committee earlier this year.

"SPJ was founded as a student organization and developing the next generation of leaders in journalism is one of our hallmarks,” said John Shertzer, SPJ executive director. “These students should expect to be challenged by compelling conversations, skill-building exercises and practical case studies that will teach them the complexities of leading in this ever-changing industry."

The interactive nature of the program in a very casual location will allow for students to connect and network with students from around the country and successful industry leaders.

The students will also be given an opportunity to strengthen their skills at MediaFest 2022, the SPJ national convention, Oct. 27-30 in Washington, D.C. There will also be mentoring opportunities for early-career professionals.

The selected group of students represent universities from across the country and work for student and professional news organizations. The exceptional students participating in SLI are:

Camden Alexander, University of Utah, opinion writer for The Daily Utah Chronicle, voting member on the university’s student media council and supreme court justice for the university’s student government.
Jacee Caldwell, Utah State University, news content manager for the Utah Statesman, member of USUSA Dancers Club and College of Humanities and Social Sciences Council.
Olivia Capriotti, University of Massachusetts Amherst, reporter for The Daily Collegian and The Amherst Wire.
McKenna Christy, Ohio University, associate editor at Backdrop Magazine and freshman liaison for the SPJ campus chapter.
Kylie Clifton, Loyola Marymount University, former social justice intern and current social justice editor for the Los Angeles Loyolan.
Natalie Colby, University of Utah, incoming student editor-in-chief for The Daily Utah Chronicle.
Carlene Coombs, University of Utah, news writer for The Daily Utah Chronicle and a former copy editor and multimedia journalist for a student produced magazine at Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
Tess Crowley, University of Michigan, co-managing photo editor of the Michigan Daily and a photographer on the digital photo and street style teams for SHEI Magazine. Owner of Tess Crowley Photo, where she photographs weddings, graduations, headshots and other events.
Alyssa Cruz, Ohio University, staff reporter for The Post, an independent, student-run publication based in Athens, Ohio, and an executive board member for SPJ’s Ohio University chapter.
Alivia Hartpence, Bowling Green State University, president for the university’s SPJ campus chapter.
Dani Heba, City University of New York, sports editor of the university’s newspaper and president of SPJ’s CUNY chapter.
Elizabeth Karpen, Barnard College of Columbia University, senior columnist and podcaster and former deputy sports editor, sports editor and managing editor for the Columbia Daily.
Simon J. Levien, Harvard College, in-depth and longform reporter and the news executive and audience engagement editor for the Harvard Crimson.
Prinny Martinez, Chapman University, lead producer for Chapman University’s broadcast journalism program, Chapman News.
Jakob McWhinney, San Diego City College, operations manager of City Times Media and managing editor of the City Times website.
Claudia Morales, Florida International University, member of SPJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and reporter for the South Florida Media Network.
Adryan Nash, University of Maryland, historian for the Maryland Association of Black Journalists and undergraduate representative for the diversity, equity, and inclusion committee at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Lauren Penington, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, multimedia journalist for the Nebraska News Service and journalism peer mentor lead for the university’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Liannys Y Polanco, Florida International University, intern at Televisa Univision STEP program and staff member of the student-run newscast at South Florida Media Network.
Hailey Roy, Southern Connecticut State University, secretary of the university’s SPJ campus chapter and the co-features editor at Crescent Magazine.
Kayleigh Silverstein, University of Utah, assistant news editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.
Rayna Song, Northwestern University, arts & entertainment editor at The Daily Northwestern, editor-in-chief at Northwestern Business Review and associate editor at North by Northwestern Magazine.
Ngai Yeung, University of Southern California, former editor of the university’s newspaper, data reporter covering Los Angeles and intern at Bloomberg News.

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