Society of Professional Journalists Kicks-Off Fall Semester

by Elizabeth Wheeler

Brand new to campus, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to get involved on campus, build a resume, meet new people, learn from peers and guest speakers, and take a few trips.
Beth Jannery, the SPJ faculty advisor, says, “If you love writing, reporting, and exceeding in communication, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only is it a fun department of Communication and Journalism student media adventure, but it is one of the best journalism resume builders. The coolest part is that it truly is a student-led organization. The students put the whole thing together and keep it going.”
While only on campus for two semesters, SPJ has been around nationally for over 100 years. The national website ( offers student journalists tools; training; information on the First Amendment, ethics, and diversity; and more. Students can even attend a national conference. At GMU, students can attend bi-weekly meetings where they will learn valuable skills, listen to speakers from the industry, and network.
The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 16, at 5 p.m. in the Office of Student Media (bottom floor of the HUB). For more information, please contact the SPJ president, Nick Stasiak, or Prof. Jannery,