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!