A professional chapter president who also is a student chapter adviser, Jennifer Brannock Cox, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for September. Congratulations Jennifer!
The new president of the Maryland Pro Chapter and assistant professor in Salisbury University’s Communications Arts Department will travel to EIJ16 with a group of her students. They will fly this year, rather than pull two all-nighters in a van as they did to attend last year’s national conference.
“SPJ has had an important role in my life since I was an undergraduate at Appalachian State University,” Jennifer said. “As a member and later as a working journalist, SPJ provided valuable opportunities for me to network with professionals and learn about important journalism issues. When I became a journalism professor at Salisbury University in 2011, I knew I wanted to launch a chapter there to provide my students with the same formational experiences I had.
“We began with a group of six dedicated student journalists, who worked diligently to form our chapter during the 2012-13 school year. Since then, we have received awards for best new student organization, adviser of the year and chapter president of the year from the university. We have hosted diversity in media forums, conducted successful fundraisers and hosted workshops aimed at giving students hands-on media experiences. We took 10 students to the national conference in Orlando last year, and our group will head to New Orleans this year.
“As the new president of the Maryland Professional Chapter, I hope to convey my commitment to SPJ by connecting journalists and educating them in unique, exciting ways. As it always has been, SPJ will continue to be a driving force in my life for years to come.”
Jennifer was nominated by Region 2 Director Andy Schotz. He has this to say:
“She is a strong force in keeping the campus chapter vibrant each year. The chapter’s latest annual report shows a mix of programs, fundraising activities and service projects.
Members of her chapter show en masse and enthused to regional and national conferences, even when they have long distances to travel.
“Jennifer also is active in the Maryland Pro chapter. Her detailed recordkeeping as chapter treasurer is a model for transparency. This year, she is chapter president. I greatly appreciate her commitment to SPJ.”
Do you know an outstanding SPJ volunteer? Nominate that person for Volunteer of the Month by contacting Susan Stevens, Membership Committee member, at email@example.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.