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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SCJ Exec Director to receive CMA’s highest honor

We are so proud to announce that SCJ Executive Director, Dr. Sally Renaud, will receive the College Media Association’s highest honor, the John A. Boyd Hall of Fame.  Please read the press release from CMA below and plan to celebrate with us in Dallas next month.

Sally Renaud to be Inducted into College Media Association Hall of Fame

Dr. Sally Renaud, center, has served as SCJ’s executive director since 2014. SCJ welcomes senior journalism major and SCJ member Thaija Evans, left, in her new role as the 2017-18 student assistant for the national headquarters of SCJ in Charleston, Illinois. Evans will assist Wanda Kay Robinson, right, who handles all correspondence, budgetary items and membership materials for the organization. Robinson is the office administrator for the department of journalism at Eastern Illinois University.

Eastern Illinois University adviser and former CMA president will be honored in October in Dallas at Fall National College Media Convention

Sally Renaud, chair of the department of journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, will be inducted into College Media Association’s John A. Boyd Hall of Fame in October at the Dallas Sheraton as part of the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Fall National College Media Convention.

“Sally has made a deep impact on the college media industry. Through her work as an adviser and professor, she has inspired many students, and through her service to College Media Association and other journalism education organizations, she has welcomed and mentored many advisers,” said Kelley Lash, CMA president.

“Many CMA members tell us that Sally was the reason that they joined or volunteered for our organization, so her influence goes far beyond her own work,” said Lash. “We are thrilled to honor Sally and have her join the prestigious group of Hall of Fame recipients.”

Renaud currently serves as chair of the journalism department at Eastern Illinois University, where she has taught and advised since 2004. She also serves as executive director of Society for Collegiate Journalists and Illinois Journalism Education Association. She also serves on the board for the Illinois Press Foundation. For Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Renaud coordinated the “Issues Facing the College Press,” the CMA research panel for several years, from 2010-2016, at the annual AEJMC convention, with Council of Affiliates.

Renaud graduated from the University of Missouri’s Journalism School and worked in sports and news at small newspapers in Missouri and Colorado. She received her master’s degree from Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) and Ph.D. in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Before her time at EIU, she served as director of the journalism program and Student Publications, and adviser for The Bulletin at Emporia (Kan.) State University from 1995-2004.

Renaud has been a tireless volunteer and leader in College Media Association. She served as president from 2009-2011, vice president of member services from 2001-2003, and currently serves on its Advisory Council. Since joining CMA in 1995, she has chaired multiple committees including Adviser Awards, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Magazine. She has coordinated sessions and keynotes for CMA’s conventions, had participated in the organization’s critique program, and reviews articles for its flagship journal, College Media Review.

The John A. Boyd Hall of Fame Award is the most prestigious honor given by CMA, recognizing longtime members whose dedication, commitment and sacrifice have contributed to the betterment and value of student media programs of both their campus and the nation. It also recognizes the contributions of members who have devoted extensive and varied service to CMA on committees, the board of directors and other leadership roles and who have presented insightful, relevant and well-prepared programs and sessions. Those considered for this award must have contributed to college journalism education for 20 years or more while being an active member of CMA.

To learn more and to register for CMA’s National Media Convention, click here.

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National contest results delayed

We are sorry to report that, because of a problem with our process, results from this year’s national contest will be delayed. We sincerely apologize and realize the inconvenience this may cause our chapters that had planned to announce awards at end-of-the-year celebrations and ceremonies. We are working hard to wrap up the contest and expect to have results published on or before ​May 15.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at scjnationaloffice@gmail.com, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Buena Vista Chapter inducts new members, honors seniors

The Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA) chapter celebrated its induction of 11 new members April 12.

First Row (L to R): Dee Friesen, Vice President/Service Coordinator; Morgan McGrew, President; Kyle Wiebers, Treasurer; Dr. Andrea Frantz, Faculty Adviser (not pictured, Madeleine McCormick, Secretary/Social Media] Second Row (L to R) New Members: Job Saunders, Tawney Schreier, Emily Kenny, Katelyn Bohaty, Olivia Wieseler, Allyssa Ertz, Megan Snyder, Alyssa Donnelly, Tyler Brunner, Andrew Bandstra Third Row (L to R): Tiffany Brauckman, Kylee Deering, Sarah Nicholson, Cooper Maahs (not pictured: Tanner Hoops, Brittany Poeppe, Mackenzie Rappe) Fourth Row (L to R): Graduating Seniors with cords: Chase Harrison, Susie Haack, Kassi Kommes, Chris Haberman, Jasmine Bautista, Emily Johnson, Meredith VanZuiden, Lindsey Graham, Spencer Bottorff, Skyler Gorsett

The newest members of the chapter are:

  • Andrew Paul Bandstra
  • Katelyn Velma Bohaty
  • Tyler Michael Brunner
  • Alyssa Renae Donnelly
  • Allyssa Beth Ertz
  • Emily Elizabeth Kenny
  • Myckeal Rake
  • Job Eastman Saunders
  • Tawney Michelle Schreier
  • Megan Eileen Snyder
  • Olivia Rose Wieseler

In addition, 10 chapter members were awarded their graduation honor cords at the same ceremony that was attended by family members, friends and faculty.  Graduating seniors include:

  • Jasmine Bautista
  • Spencer Bottorff
  • Lindsey Graham
  • Skyler Gorsett
  • Susie Haack
  • Chris Habermann
  • Chase Harrison
  • Emily Johnson
  • Kassi Kommes
  • Meredith VanZuiden

Congratulations to all!

2016-17 BVU SCJ Outgoing Board (L to R): Morgan McGrew (President); Lindsey Graham (Treasurer); Jasmine Bautista (Service Coordinator); Dee Friesen (Service Coordinator); Spencer Bottorff, (Vice President); Emily Johnson (Vice President); Kassi Kommes (Secretary); Dr. Andrea Frantz, (Adviser)

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Eastern Illinois inducts new members

The annual Society for Collegiate Journalists induction ceremony at Eastern Illinois University was held Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Buzzard Hall.


Congratulations to Justin Brown, Bryan Bund, Angelica Cataldo, Kristen Ed, Kallie Haritopoulos, Carole Hodorowicz, Vincent Lovergine, Justice McGruder, Christine Miller, Leon Mire, Shelby Niehaus, Samuel Nusbaum, Michael Parsaghian, Dillan Schorfheide, Adam Shay, Elizabeth Stephens and Elysia Strueber. Nicholas Teresky, Kennedy Nolen and Benjamin Leman will be inducted in January.

Office administrator Wanda Kay Robinson was also inducted as an honorary member. New officers will be elected in January for the calendar year. Thanks to our Executive Director Sally Renaud for this news submission.

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NYIT establishes chapter, inducts founding members

Congrats to the New York Institute of Technology for recently establishing a new chapter and inducting its founding members!


The occasion also marked the establishment of the NYIT chapter of the Society of College Journalists. Among the Globe staff SCJ chapter inductees in the front row: SCJ chapter presiding officer Medgeen “Medge” Ross (holding certificate), who’s flanked by Globe co-editor Nicole Pereira on the right and reporter Qian Zhang on the left. The second row left to right: Globe copy editor Eric Fantauzzi; professor Don Fizznoglia, Comm. Arts chair; Globe adviser professor Larry Jaffee; and James Simon, dean of NYIT’s College of Arts & Sciences.

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Virginia Wesleyan inducts new members

Congratulations to our Virginia Wesleyan College chapter on their Dec. 9 induction of new members!

Emmy-nominated, award winning broadcast journalist Lori Crouch spoke about the future of journalism and the role of converged platforms. President Scott Miller and Vice President for Advancement Mort Gamble, both former SCJ advisers, were also in attendance.

The new inductees included: Jasmine Driggs, Corey King, Val Miller, Kat Bishop, Hayley Heath, Justin Smith, Cynthia Griffin, Ashlei Gates and Victoria Laughlin. Thank you to adviser Lisa Lyon Payne for this news submission!


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SCJ covers Election Day 2016

Our SCJ Chapter student journalists across the country covered Election Day 2016, November 8. Included below is a photo gallery with images submitted by our chapters. Congratulations to all for bringing news of Election Day 2016 to your campus communities!

Submissions below from:

  • Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania

logo_cornerDid your chapter cover Election Day 2016? Send your photos to scjnationaloffice@gmail.com OR share them in our new Facebook group, “SCJ Chapters Info Sharing” and we’ll add them to the gallery.

RMU initiates, celebrates new and returning members

The Robert Morris University SCJ chapter welcomed five new members on Oct. 10.

Those students are:

  • Malyk Johnson, freshman, Communications
  • Katey Ladika, sophomore, Media Arts
  • Maura Linehan, sophomore, Psychology
  • Brittany Mayer, sophomore, Communications
  • Kara Vanderweil, freshman, Media Arts

“The induction ceremony is always one of my favorite nights of the academic year,” said chapter faculty adviser Dr. Anthony Moretti. “The chance to welcome our new members and to remind everyone of the important work journalists do every single day make the night fun and yet serious.”

The chapter’s commitment to encouraging students from across the campus to join SCJ continues to be successful. The RMU cohort of more than 25 students includes majors from engineering, psychology, sports management, media arts and journalism.

This year’s ceremony also included a surprise for three chapter members. Senior media arts student Eddie Sheehy and senior communications major Hannah Smith received their SCJ certificates of merit, and junior communications major Delaney Hassell received her SCJ medal of merit.

The chapter now turns its attention to Nov. 8, when it will deliver a 4-hour live broadcast to the campus community as America elects a new president and important House and Senate races will determine the make-up of the new Congress. A significant web presence also will be included in that plan.

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