By Jacques Hinkson-Compton, second year graduate student in the Digital Media Arts concentration program
Julie Pawlikowski, a second year graduate student in the Media Management program and president of the Duquesne University chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), produced a brief video placing focus on her organization for an assignment in the Media Lab course taught by Professor Healy.
According to SPJ’s website, “The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 7,500 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.”
The Society of Professional Journalists chapter at Duquesne University provides student members with networking and internship opportunities, the chance to explore first amendment rights and journalistic ethical standards, and the ability to learn from industry professionals. SPJ holds noteworthy events such as the Free Speech Free Food event, trips to Washington D.C., resume and job application help, and panel discussions.
“The Society of Professional Journalists is a great way to get involved with the community, to network with industry professionals, and cultivate lifelong friendships with fellow members,” said Pawlikowski.