New Savannah State chapter holds first induction ceremony

We have a new member of the SCJ family!

We are pleased to welcome Savannah State University, which created a new SCJ chapter this semester. On April 11, the new chapter held its first induction ceremony, initiating 12 founding members.

Eleven of the 12 founding members of the new Savannah State University SCJ chapter with advisers Jessica Sparks and William Martin.

President of the new chapter, Isaiah Singleton, said, “Our initial goals are to expand general knowledge of communications standards and excellence through mentoring and networking opportunities, academic programs and to create experiences for high-achieving students. We also hope to incorporate alumni into our process for achieving these goals.”

Thank you to adviser Jessica Sparks for sharing this good news and photo!


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Marywood inducts nine new members

Congratulations to the newest members of our Marywood University chapter! The Marywood chapter inducted nine new members on January 26.

Front Row L to R: Vanessa Rodriguez, Kirstin Wilson, Lauryn Butler, and Carolyn Warcup. Back Row L to R: Erin Yeager, Dylan Wright, Nicolo Manzo, Manfid Duran, and Hannah Weaver.

Chapter President Brooke Williams and Chapter Vice President Jessica Bonnaci, led the ceremony.
Julie Sidoni was keynote speaker. Ms. Sidoni is a 16-year veteran of WNEP-TV. She anchors the noon and 4 p.m. newscasts solo, and the 5 p.m. newscast alongside co-anchor Jon Meyer. She is also responsible for the station’s Healthwatch 16 reports. She started her career in news as a reporter and host at WDUQ-FM, the National Public Radio station in Pittsburgh. She then worked part-time as an associate producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh before landing her first on-air reporting job at WJAC-TV in Johnstown. She worked there for about a year and a half before finding her way to WNEP. She has won a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters award, and in 2017, was nominated for an Emmy Award.

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Virginia Wesleyan chapter inducts new members

Congratulations to our newest SCJ members at Virginia Wesleyan University. The VWU chapter inducted seven new members on December 8.

Newest member of the Virginia Wesleyan University chapter. From L to R: Mickella Rast, Julie Ainsley, Luke Chaisson, Amanda Archer, Ashley Kline, and Farah Haidari.

The keynote speak was John Henry Doucette. Mr. Doucette worked as a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot and the Times Herald-Record in New York. His freelance journalism has appeared in Parade Magazine, New York Newsday and The New York Post. In 2015, he founded The Princess Anne Independent News, a community newspaper that covers southern Virginia Beach and Knotts Island, North Carolina. The newspaper has been recognized for its reporting and photography by the Virginia Press Association and for its coverage of the local agriculture industry. Mr. Doucette spoke about the value of local news and how his liberal arts degree his impacted his views of journalism.
 
President Scott Miller, along with Provost Tim O”Rourke and the communication faculty were in attendance for the ceremony. Thanks to chapter adviser Lisa Lyon Payne for this photo submission.

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Ohio Northern inducts four new members

Congratulations to our Ohio Northern chapter members! They held their fourth annual Society for Collegiate Journalists’ annual induction ceremony on Dec. 4 and inducted four new members.

The Society also held its elections to replace outgoing president Nick Pesetsky and outgoing vice-president Samuel Pontarolo.

Connor Gillmor was elected president and Austin Gammell was elected vice-president. There are now 12 active members on campus and 12 alumni members of the chapter.

Thanks to chapter adviser Shane Tilton for this photo submission.


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EIU chapter inducts 14 new members

Congratulations to our Eastern Illinois chapter members. On Tuesday, December 6, they inducted 12 new members, along with two honorary members. In January, two students who could not attend will be inducted. The chapter represents students from The Daily Eastern News, the Warbler yearbook, News Watch and HitMix 88.9.

Members are Madison Antrim, Allyson Bane, Mercury Bowen, Jordan Boyer, JJ Bullock, Meghan Cebula, AJ Fournier, Jada Huddlestun, Melissa Jabek, Travis Moody, Thomas O’Connor, Jaynell Perera, Colin Roberts, Brooke Schwartz and Toluwalase Solomon. Photo by SCJ chapter adviser Brian Poulter.


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NYIT chapter inducts new members

Congratulations to our New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) chapter members on their recent induction ceremony. They inducted 10 new members on Dec. 5. Special thanks to chapter adviser Larry Jaffee for this photo submission.

Jody-Ann Simpson, Kimberly Obi, Stephanie Lemus, Michael Greaney, Matt Santamaria, Lee Guilhot, Pierre Landru, Wennie Wen, Deval Mistry, Clara Mamou, Chapter Adviser Larry Jaffee.


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Youngstown State chapter inducts 12 new members

Congratulations to our Youngstown State University chapter members on their recent induction ceremony. On Nov. 30, they inducted 12 new members. Longtime SCJ member and adviser Dr. Mary Beth Earnheardt spoke to the group in a meaningful — and fun — ceremony.

Special thanks to Dave Davis for this photo submission.


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SCJ Adviser Lisa Lyon Payne named CMR editor

The Society for Collegiate Journalists National Office would like to extend congratulations to SCJ adviser Dr. Lisa Lyon Payne, Virginia Wesleyan University, on her new appointment as editor of College Media Review, the flagship publication of College Media Association.

Lyon Payne has been advising the Virginia Wesleyan University SCJ chapter since 2011. Payne obtained her doctorate from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and taught as an assistant professor of communication at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. In addition to her teaching experience, Lyon Payne has worked as a public relations consultant, research analyst, editorial assistant and writer.

We wish her the best in her new role!


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RMU Chapter inducts 22 new members

RMU’s Society for Collegiate Journalists chapter inducted its largest class–22 students–on Oct. 9.
 
RMU’s provost David Jamison addressed the inductees. He told them that all journalists must remember how important the First Amendment is; it must be supported and defended especially as the national debate about what is truth continues, the provost said.
 
Dean AnnMarie LeBlanc also spoke to the students. She noted that whether content is distributed through print, broadcast or online means, or if it comes through a photograph or an information graphic, responsibility to self and profession must never be ignored.
 
The chapter’s officers travel to Dallas later this month to participate in the annual fall gathering of the College Media Association. Congrats & welcome to all!

Photo courtesy Anthony Moretti


Buena Vista chapter hosts Constitution Day event

The Buena Vista University SCJ chapter hosted a Constitution Day event September 17 that was open to the campus community.

Free speech and free pizza drew students to Lage Communication Center to discuss a variety of challenges to the First Amendment and discussion ranged from “what is hate speech and why is protected?” to “what would you protest publicly?”

The SCJ chapter called for free will donations to its philanthropic partner, the Student Press Law Center, and will continue to raise funds throughout the week.


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