SPJ’s Volunteer of the Month for April is Robyn Sidersky, a reporter and digital content producer for The Free Lance-Star, in Fredericksburg, Va., where she has worked for the past four years.
She covers government, education, and craft beer, and produces digital content for fredericksburg.com, and helps guide the newspaper’s digital strategy.
Prior to that, she worked at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. as a fellow, also covering government, education and features.
In 2010, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in journalism and political science. She became involved in the Society of Professional Journalists her freshman year. She held several leadership positions in her college chapter and continues to serve on the leadership team of the Virginia Pro SPJ Board.
In addition to working for The Free Lance-Star, she volunteers and loves baking and visiting craft breweries.
Robyn was nominated by Paul Fletcher, SPJ president-elect and current SPJ secretary-treasurer. Here is what Paul says about Robyn:
“I nominate SPJVA Vice President Robyn Sidersky for Volunteer of the Month, based on her outstanding work on our chapter’s recent College Media Day program, held Feb. 14.
“Robyn was again chair of CMD, soliciting speakers and taking care of many details. She first came up with the idea of gathering collegiate journalists from across Virginia for a day-long program last year, and the initial CMD was a big success.
“For this year’s program, SPJVA partnered with SPJVCU, the campus chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Program sessions including how to get a job, alternative careers for journalists, how college journalists can use the FOIA and covering campus crime, among others.
“Attendance was not as strong as we had hoped (10-11 students, compared to 40 last year), but it wasn’t for lack of trying and reaching out. Throughout the planning and execution of CMD, Robyn showed great leadership and passion for her mission.
“I highly recommend her for this honor.”
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 your nominee is worthy of recognition. Nominations are due the 5th of each month and announced by the 15th.