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SPJ Recognizes Outstanding Members and Chapters at National Convention


Contact: Gail Kiles, Assistant Programs Director, 317/927-8000 ext.204 or gkiles@spj.org

New York — The Society of Professional Journalists awarded outstanding members and chapters on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the 2004 SPJ National Convention in New York City.

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award:
Dan Christensen, Reporter for the Miami Daily Business Review

Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Award:
Roberta Wax, Greater Los Angeles Pro Chapter

Julie Galvan Outstanding Graduate Award:
Patrick Grzanka, University of Maryland

David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award:
Dr. George Keeler, University of La Verne

Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award:
Dr. Steven Pasternack, New Mexico State University

Regional Director of the Year Award
Dave Aeikens, Region 6 Director

Circle of Excellence Awards:
First Amendment/FOI:
Large: Cleveland Pro
Small: Utah Headliners
Large: Los Angeles Pro
Campus Relations:
Large: Louisville Pro
Small: Southwest Missouri Pro
Professional Development:
Large: Chicago Headline Club
Small: East Tennessee Pro

National Outstanding Chapters:
Large Pro: Valley of the Sun Pro
Small Pro: East Tennessee Pro
Campus: California State University-Long Beach

Regional Outstanding Chapters:
Large Pro Chapters (75 members or more):
Region 1-New York Deadline Club
Region 2-Washington D.C. Pro
Region 3-South Florida Pro
Region 4-Central Ohio Pro
Region 5-Indiana Pro
Region 6-Minnesota Pro
Region 8-Fort Worth Pro
Region 10-Western Washington Pro
Region 11-Valley of the Sun Pro

Small Pro Chapters (less than 75 members):
Region 1-New England Pro
Region 3-East Tennessee Pro
Region 5-Bluegrass Pro
Region 7-Southwest Missouri Pro
Region 8-Houston Pro
Region 9-Utah Headliners Pro
Region 10-William O. Douglas Pro
Region 12-Middle Tennessee Pro

Campus Chapters:
Region 1-Ithaca College
Region 2-Virginia Commonwealth University
Region 3-University of Miami
Region 4-Ohio University
Region 5-Western Kentucky University
Region 6-University of Minnesota
Region 7-University of Iowa
Region 8-Baylor University
Region 9-Colorado State University
Region 10-University of Washington
Region 11-California State University, Long Beach
Region 12-University of Mississippi

The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

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