East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

December 10, 2007

UT, ETSPJ working together

Filed under: Hot on the Press! — etspj @ 2:49 pm

October, 2007

I want to say happy anniversary to the faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media, or JEM. As we reported in the last Spot News, the school is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In honor of the anniversary, the school is hosting a variety of industry speakers, many of whom are alumni.

I recently met with Peter Gross, the school’s director. He and I talked about ways the school and the East Tennessee SPJ chapter might continue to work together putting on events that benefit journalists. We also discussed ways we might help promote each other’s events, including through e-mail notices and hyperlinks between the ETSPJ and JEM Web sites. Those are www.etspj.org and www.cci.utk.edu/jem.

Stay tuned—or check our Web sites—for more information on possible upcoming programs and promotions.

I should point out that ETSPJ and UT already have a significant working relationship. For example, ETSPJ helps support the annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture at UT, provides $3,000 per year in UT student scholarships, assists students traveling to SPJ conventions and contributes to the establishment of a $50,000 UT scholarship  endowment fund. ETSPJ also hosts an annual Welcome Back picnic for UT students and faculty members, and we try to hold some of our meetings on or near campus in order to encourage  students to attend.

Meanwhile, UT faculty members advise the college’s student SPJ chapter, serve on our board and belong to our chapter. They help organize and promote our events and help in other ways as needed. I thank them for their support. I have gotten to spend a lot of time with several of these faculty members and have seen their passion for journalism, both as a profession and as an academic discipline. Their dedication inspires me. In the past year, I have also gotten to know Peter Gross and Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information. They have attended some of our events, and I want to thank them for doing so.

With our relationship as strong as it is, I am optimistic that ETSPJ and UT can continue working together for many years to come.


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