Congratulations to Dori Zinn of the Florida state professional chapter, who is SPJ’s Member of the Month for January!
Dori has been a member of SPJ as long as she has been on the SPJ Florida Pro board, almost seven years. In that time, she has served as her chapter’s Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Programming, Executive Vice President, and currently serves as President. SPJ Florida has won Chapter of the Year awards twice since Dori joined the board.
Dori is the Associate Editor for Bundoo, where new parents can connect with doctors and experts. Targeting parents of 0-4 year-olds, everything is written or reviewed by pediatricians, OB/GYNs, and childcare experts.
Dori also started her own company last year, Blossomers Media, a web development and content creation company. Along with her full-time job at Bundoo, Dori freelances for publications like South Florida Gay News and MoneyTalksNews.com.
Dori loves reading, writing, and helping young journalists with programs like the First Amendment Free Food Festival, Will Write for Food, and speaking at high school and college journalism conferences around the country.
Dori graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors of Arts in multimedia journalism. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband. If she isn’t hiding behind a book, she’s stressing about her fantasy football team, napping with her dog or live-tweeting a Miami Heat basketball game. If it’s winter, she’ll be at the beach.
Dori was nominated by SPJ Region 3 Director Michael Koretzky. He notes she flew to Austin to moderate a panel on journalism and mass killings, which was recorded and reported by the chapter at a national college media convention. It hosted speakers from No Notoriety, a movement covered by CNN and other major outlets, but not as in depth as this.
Do you know an outstanding SPJ volunteer? Nominate that person for Volunteer of the Month by contacting Susan Stevens, Membership Committee member, at Susanstevens@aol.com. Please tell us briefly why you are nominating the person and why