SPJ DePaul was founded in January 2010 by Mike Reilley and reorganized as SPJ/ONA DePaul in November 2013 to include membership in the Online News Association.
SPJ/ONA DePaul is a student organization with membership in the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest journalism organization, and the Online News Association. SPJ/ONA DePaul is part of the university’s College of Communication.
Our organization supports the First Amendment, the free flow of information and open government records. We provide student journalists opportunities and education in the field of journalism on current issues and trends in the industry. Much of our programming focuses “modern journalism” and requires student members to share the chapter’s work on digital.
SPJ DePaul was named the 2011 and 2013 SPJ National Campus Chapter of the Year, and the 2011 and 2013 Region 5 Campus Chapter of the Year. In 2013, former adviser Mike Reilley won the David Eshelman Award as the nation’s top campus adviser and former SPJ DePaul President Ali Trumbull won the Julie Galvan Award as the nation’s top graduating student that same year.
SPJ/ONA DePaul 2015-16 Student Executive Board
Faculty Adviser: Amy Merrick | @amyjmerrick
CHC Representative: Marc Filippino | @mfilippino
President: Rachel Hinton |@rrhinton
Vice President/Events: Jessica Villagomez | @JessicaVillag
Secretary/Treasurer: Kyle Woosley | @kyle_woosley
Membership Coordinator: Ally Pruitt | @AllyPruitt_22
Social Media/PR Coordinator: Danielle Church | @daniellejchurch
Contact us at @spjonadepaul
SPJ/ONA DePaul Alumni Advisory Committee
In November 2013, SPJ/ONA DePaul added an alumni advisory committee to help the chapter stay connected to the professional world. The advisory committee comprises several former SPJ/ONA DePaul executive board members who currently work in the professional field:
Meghan Bower, Chicago Blackhawks
Monica Carter, Freelance
Lauren Camplin, ESPN, Bristol, Conn.
Brianna Kelly, The Associated Press, Chicago
Jakub Rudnik, 120 Sports, Chicago
Ryann Rumbaugh, Live at Sunrise Reporter at KRCG 13, Columbia, Mo.
Ali Trumbull, Crain Communications