By George Daniels | August 16th, 2011
ST LOUIS– More than two dozen SPJ campus advisers and journalism department heads met SPJ Executive Director Joe Skeel for breakfast here at the AEJMC Annual Convention Friday.
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is the nation’s oldest and largest organization for journalism educators.
In 2010, SPJ renewed its affiliate membership in AEJMC.
Friday’s Advisers breakfast was designed to connect new advisers and veteran advisers to help strengthen SPJ’s campus chapters, which are greater in number than PRO Chapters.
In many cases, the lack of a faculty adviser can be the biggest barrier to having a functioning campus chapter.
The Journalism Education Committee is launching a campus advisers mentoring program. Several of the advisers at the breakfast will be either mentors or mentees.
Advisers received information about the upcoming Excellence in Journalism Convention next month in New Orleans and other training opportunities for both college students and their chapter advisers.
Several members of both SPJ’s National Board and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board also attended the event.