Three campus board members return
Welcome back to Neil Ralston, George Daniels and Tara Puckey, the returning campus members of the national board.
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.
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.
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.
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