It’s that time of the year again, fall semester. Before pumpkin spice lattes and cold weather take over the town, I want to say a few words.
To those of you returning to our beautiful campus, welcome back. To those of you moving in for the first time, we’re elated to have you here! Coming to Ohio University was one of the best decisions I could have ever made for myself, and I hope you find the same to be true for you as well.
But who am I, exactly?
My name is Kate Hiller, and I’m the 2014-2015 President of OU’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ is a national organization of journalists that “has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press” for more than 100 years. While our local chapter may only seem to influence the several-dozen members we have already accumulated this year, the reach of the organization extends with the networking opportunities that we offer to you several times per month (and sometimes several times per week) here at OU. And that’s what I’m here to talk to you about: becoming part of our network.
Last week, myself and several other members of SPJ found ourselves in Music City, aka Nashville, TN for the 2014 Excellence in Journalism Conference, where we spent a few days networking, attending sessions, getting our resumes critiqued, getting lost in the Opryland Hotel, and having a ball (or hoe-down?) with some of the best and brightest in journalism. In addition to all of this fun, we also brought home two major awards: the 2013-2014 Region 4 Chapter of the Year award and the 2013-2014 National Campus Chapter of the Year award, both of which are huge honors that we hope to repeat this year…but we can’t do it without your help.
So this is where you come in. Please, become a member, come to our meetings, and start building your network while you’re here at Ohio University. And if our regular 5pm Tuesday meeting time doesn’t work in your schedule right now, we sometimes have Thursday meetings and have occasionally been able to use Dr. Stewart’s JOUR1010 class as an event. We bring in speakers from all different sides of journalism to meet YOU, and we host resume critiques and workshops as well. Though we have a pretty packed semester coming up, we’re hoping to relax a little more toward the end with a few socials before we get into next semester (we’re hosting the 2015 Region 4 Conference in March!) with more programming and fun for you.