Student SPJ Chapter Named Best in Three-State Region

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Eastern Kentucky University’s student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been named Campus Chapter of the Year for Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

Winning chapters are selected on the basis of service to the Society, their campus, and to the journalism profession. The EKU chapter will now compete with 11 other regional honorees nationwide for Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year.

Laura Butler, 2009-10 EKU chapter president, will accept the Region 5 award on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the 2010 SPJ National Conference in Las Vegas.

“Last year was a time for our SPJ chapter to blossom as a group,” Butler said. “We were able to organize and help host several successful events, such as the environmental reporting conference one of our members planned last fall. We were also able to contribute to the campus-wide First Amendment Celebration in the spring, which brought in some great speakers and fun activities for students to participate while learning about the First Amendment.

“Members of our chapter were able to attend several conferences throughout the year, too. We visited new places and gathered a lot of new ideas from other SPJ members.”

Butler said the chapter’s two advisers, Deborah Givens and Dr. Liz Hansen, “are constantly pushing us to become better students, and better journalists. Winning the Outstanding Chapter Award for our region (which includes approximately 15 SPJ campus chapters) is a great honor.”

A proud Givens noted that Region 5 includes “some very large journalism schools,” including Northwestern and Indiana University, among others.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, visit

Published on September 29, 2010

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