Journalism @ Mason

Office of Student Media: A Hub for Student Journalists

Journalism students have the opportunity to get involved with a dozen student-led media groups. Take a look at the new and improved website and contact the OSM to join the radio, a literary publication, a news team, or the Society of Professional Journalists (Mason SPJ chapter).

Society of Professional Journalists, Mason Chapter

George Mason University’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is an organization for aspiring journalists to meet, learn, and grow together through professional networking and the help of their peers. Mason’s SPJ chapter is dedicated to providing students with access to media institutions and professionals, quality professional development opportunities, and the guidance and support they need to be successful, professional journalists after graduation. Anyone with an interest or passion for journalism and writing is encouraged to join, and members are not required to have a major or minor in Communication or Journalism.
Contact Professor Beth Jannery to join at, and you can visit the national organization at and become a national member. Dues for Mason SPJ is $30 per year.  Membership forms are available in the Communication Department, at SPJ meetings, and in Professor Jannery's office. 
Follow our Twitter account for updates @GmasonSPJ. Check out the SPJ Instagram @spjgmu. Search for GMU SPJ on Facebook.

National Journalism Conferences: Mason Faculty on the Move

Journalism faculty are constantly engaged in learning what's new in the field. Faculty attend the Excellence in Journalism national SPJ conference held annually. This year, the conference will be held in New Orleans. Students who are SPJ members are encouraged to attend with Professor Jannery. Here's the website to learn more about attending: Also, Professor Jannery attended The Poynter Institute's 2016 Teachapolooza, earning a successful certificate of completion in all things journalism. The fun part is when faculty bring multimedia journalism knowledge back to the classroom and have fun storytelling with students using new apps and reporting ideas. The Poynter Institute is a savvy resource for our journalists here at Mason.




  • On Tuesday, 2/14, SPJ hosted a "Postcards to Jailed Journalists" event in support of the post-card writing and social media campaign that highlights the situations of imprisoned journalists around the world.