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Ohio University named SPJ’s Outstanding Campus Chapter for third consecutive year

Oct 1, 2018

Members of Ohio University's SPJ student chapter celebrate winning the best campus chapter award three years in a row. Pictured are, from left to right, Kris Perez, Sarah Horne, Maddie Capron, Maggie Campbell, adviser Nerissa Young and Steven Hernandez.

Ohio University named SPJ’s Outstanding Campus Chapter for third consecutive year

 
ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 1, 2018)—Ohio University has been selected by the Society of Professional Journalists to receive the Outstanding Campus Chapter award for the third year in a row. This award honors chapters for their commitment to SPJ’s mission and the profession of journalism.
 
The chapter is being honored for its dedication to SPJ’s pillars and providing educational opportunities for their members.
 
“I’m blown away by the incredible work our chapter does every year,” said Maddie Capron, chapter president for the 2017-18 year. “Last academic year, the executive board worked so hard to live up to the expectations and standards set by previous boards. I’m so proud to have led this team and continue in that tradition.”
 
Programs and events this year included campus discussions about women in journalism, experiences with sexual harassment, journalism ethics, coverage of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and requesting public records.
 
As additional advocacy efforts, the chapter spoke out against a university policy limiting free speech, gave money to support a regional conference and volunteered for a community cleanup and food drive.
 
“The members of Scripps School’s SPJ chapter continue to show their commitment to journalism in meaningful ways. They make us a better journalism school,” said Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
 
The chapter was honored at the Student Union during the 2018 Excellence in Journalism conference Sept. 27-29 in Baltimore, Md.
 
Iowa State University received the award four years in a row from 1981 to 1984. Ohio has won the award four of the past five years and eight years total. It is the most awarded campus chapter in SPJ’s history.