SPJ Named Region 2 Chapter of the Year (Again!)

Student Media is pleased to announce that Mason’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has received the Region 2 Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year Award for the second year in a row! SPJ previously claimed the top spot in Region 2 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The award was presented on September 29th at the 2018 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Baltimore, MD, recognizing “outstanding programs and activities that enhance professionalism, thereby contributing service to the Society and the profession.”

During the 2017-2018 academic year, SPJ hosted 30 programs or projects including guest speakers from NBC4, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, NPR, Washington Blade, Columbia School of Journalism, and more. SPJ partnered with the Communication Department on their 2018 #RealNews Insight Forum featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews (host of MSNBC’s “Hardball”), co-hosted the Creative Careers Industry Panel with University Career Services, and worked with the English Department on National Day on Writing events. Additionally, SPJ members attended numerous conferences and workshops, participated in the INOVA Children’s Hospital holiday toy drive, and took field trips to tour the National Press Club, Newseum, and The Washington Post.

SPJ holds weekly meetings every Tuesday at 5pm in The Hub 1012 (lower level).

Congratulations to all of SPJ’s officers and members on another great year!

Student Media Welcomes Palestinian IREX Fellow

Please join Student Media in welcoming Sahar Sarsour, a visiting fellow from Palestine, to the Mason community! Sahar is currently participating in Community Solutions, a leadership development program that helps place visiting fellows with host institutions in the United States in partnership with IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). IREX works closely with the U.S. Department of State and is an international nonprofit organization “providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.”

Sahar joined Student Media in early August and brings with her a wealth of experience teaching English as a second language, training aspiring journalists, translating news reports, and working with marginalized youth to meet the local needs of her community. As a Project Manager for Press House-Palestine, Sahar has experience managing media projects that present capacity-building, advocacy, networking, media, and documentation activities to young journalists.

During her fellowship with Student Media, Sahar hopes to learn how to better support women’s issues in her society. She also hopes to learn how to create a platform for journalists to effectively and objectively express their messages and practice democracy and a culture of peace. Upon returning to Palestine, Sahar plans to empower a culture of gender equality by holding a conference to bring together media and human rights organizations. She also plans to start two new capacity-building units in Press House to help journalists improve their English language skills, and to teach them to defend their rights based on human rights concepts.

Student Media Alumnus Receives Pulitzer Prize

Student Media staff were thrilled to hear a familiar name when this year’s winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced in mid-April: former Broadside Photo Editor Thomas LeGro!

Congratulations to Tom on this amazing career achievement!
From the Mason Newsdesk:

“Thomas (Tom) LeGro, BA English ’98, MFA Creative Writing ’01, didn’t necessarily plan a path into journalism.

But his passion for writing and creating eventually led him to The Washington Post, where he is a senior producer for video. LeGro was part of The Washington Post’s team that revealed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and the subsequent efforts to undermine the reporting that exposed it.

The team won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for their combined text and video entry, which included video of a confrontation between Post journalists and a false accuser working for Project Veritas.

During his undergraduate years, LeGro worked as a photo editor for the Broadside, the predecessor to Mason’s Fourth Estate student newspaper, where he enjoyed the newsroom camaraderie and introduction to the world of journalism.”

Read the full article on Mason’s homepage: gmu.edu/news/512146

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