The Florida International University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is a finalist for both student chapter and student program of the year, officials announced Wednesday.
The winners of the 2018 Campus Chapter of the Year and the 2018 Campus Program of the Year are scheduled to be named at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore on Sept. 28.
According to a press release about the nomination, the SPJ-FIU chapter did “outstanding work in supporting SPJ’s objectives, members and the profession.” A total of 10 student chapters across the nation were named as finalists.
As for the program of the year honor, the chapter was nominated for its “Stirring up the Media” event, which celebrated diversity among members of the media and explored the challenges journalists of color face. It was held on the Biscayne Bay Campus last November.
Participants took part in a “Privilege Line Up,” where people either took a step forward or backward based on their gender, race, sexual identity, wealth and other factors. They also took part in “Diversity Pong,” where people had to answer difficult questions about racial and society identity when a ping-pong ball was placed in their cup by their opponent.
Ingrid Gamero, a recent FIU graduate who served as SPJ-FIU president during the 2017-18 school year, said she was “beyond proud.”
“‘Stirring up the Media’ was a successful program for our chapter by bringing students and staff together,” she said. “Without the support and help of our mentor, Dan Evans, it wouldn’t have been possible.”
Most recently, the chapter was a runner-up for Chapter of the Year honors in 2015, and was given an Outstanding Campus Chapter Award for Region 3 – which covers Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands – in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Evans became the chapter’s faculty adviser in 2016, while Chris Delboni served as adviser from 2009 to 2016.
During the fall semester, the group will meet at 11:30 am to noon on Wednesdays in the newsroom — AC2 132. For information, contact Prof. Dan Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org