There are many new things to look forward to this year at Ohio University with the change to semesters, but some great things have returned as well. As a result, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is back to kick off another great year.
The Ohio University Chapter of SPJ announced on Friday, that they are currently the Region Four Chapter of the Year. The region is composed of four states, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Sandhya Kambhampati, a junior studying journalism, is the current president of SPJ for the 2012-13 school year. She is not only excited about the award, but for this upcoming year as well.
“I’m so proud of SPJ for receiving this award,” she said. “The executive board last year worked really hard and in the end it all paid off. I’m excited for the future of SPJ and am ready for another great year.”
Students can look forward to many new and exciting workshops and speakers geared towards giving them skills and information in all areas of journalism. These assets, such as a workshop on how to brand yourself online, can be used to enhance professionalization throughout each student’s college career and beyond.
“I’m excited to recruit new members and make it the best year for SPJ yet,” said Kaylyn Hlavaty, SPJ vice president and a senior studying broadcast journalism. Not only is there a new president of SPJ, but also a new adviser as well. Nerissa Young, a new professor at Scripps will be taking over as advisor of SPJ for the school year and has high hopes for the group.
“Students have been outstanding so far and there’s great potential for some great programs and to advance the first amendment of ethics, which are SPJ’s hallmarks,” Young said.