Top: Tara Puckey and Andrew Seaman; Middle: Sue Kopen Katcef and George Daniels; Bottom: Neil Ralston
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But first we want to introduce ourselves – the campus members of SPJ’s Board of Directors.
Tara Puckey is a senior journalism student at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She also produces freelance work for Broadway Magazine and Ameriforce Publishing, as well as being very involved in the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana and other community organizations. A non-traditional student, she is married with two little girls.
As a student representative, Puckey hopes to put students together with professional journalists who can answer questions and offer support. Student members are the future of journalism and she hopes to help bring more members to the organization, assist in starting new chapters nationwide and work toward continued support of the First Amendment.
Andrew Seaman is a senior communication studies student with concentrations in journalism and broadcasting at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He is a contracted freelancer with USA TODAY, where he is a former national desk intern and a current Washington Bureau intern. He also interned on the national desk of The Washington Times, and as a producer/assignment editor at WBRE-TV and WYOU-TV in Wilkes-Barre.
Andrew plans on making communication a priority during his time on SPJ’s board, and working to resuscitate inactive student chapters. He is working on several projects regarding journalism education and ensuring First Amendment rights for all student media.
Campus Adviser At-Large
Having served previous as Journalism Education Committee chair, George Daniels is the newest Campus Adviser At-Large. He’s looking forward to working with the senior Campus Adviser At-Large, Sue Kopen Katcef to provide assistance to campus chapters and to represent their interests in SPJ national affairs. Locally, Daniels is the co-adviser for the University of Alabama chapter in Tuscaloosa. He teaches multimedia reporting and several other classes at University of Alabama. In SPJ, Daniels is also working this year with the Diversity Committee and the Government Relations Committee.
Sue Kopen Katcef
Campus Adviser At-Large
Sue Kopen Katcef serves as SPJ’s nation campus adviser at-large. She is an award winning veteran broadcast journalist who is now a member of the faculty of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland where she teaches broadcast news writing and production. In addition, she helps with the daily TV news show, “Maryland Newsline,” produced by the college’s advanced broadcast news reporting class for UMTV, the campus’ cable TV channel operated by the Merrill College of Journalism.
Vice President, Campus Chapter Affairs
Neil Ralston serves as a campus adviser at large for SPJ’s national board of directors. He is an assistant professor of journalism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. Ralston has bachelor’s degrees in communication and industrial technology from Northeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University where he was a fellow in the Kiplinger Program of Public Affairs Reporting. He earned a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002. Additionally, Ralston was named SPJ’s campus chapter adviser of the year for the 1998-99 school year. He has been a member of the SPJ board since 2003.