Our birthday is coming

After much anticipation, SPJ’s 100th anniversary and the celebration that will recognize it out just days a way. I look forward to seeing many of you in Greencastle, Ind. Friday for what will be a terrific day.

We will be joined by Russ Pulliam, whose grandfather was one of the 10 DePauw University students who started SPJ in 1909. We will also do a roll call of past presidents who are in attendance Friday. We will have a panel discussion on journalism. We will remember our roots with a modified SPJ induction ceremony in Meharry Hall.

After dinner, Jane Pauley, a longtime SPJ member, will give he keynote address.

We have asked chapters to plan events around the 100th anniversary and send pictures that can be posted on the Web site. Members can watch the events on through a web cast or get updates through Twitter.

This is going to be a great week for SPJ!

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  • KZS

    Hagit, Thanks for rescheduling this event.

  • Hagit Limor

    Hi, everyone. Hagit here. We’re here to talk about SPJ’s potential name change. First up, what’s your bottom line? Yea or nay?

  • Hagit Limor

    Kevin, I’m curious as to your thoughts, yea or nay on name change?

  • Steve Geimann

    Just you and me so far?

  • Hagit Limor

    Is that like the tree in the forest?

  • Steve Geimann

    I am NOT in favor of the name change at this time. But I can be persuaded.

  • Hagit Limor

    Hi, Guys, let’s try this again… We’re here to talk SPJ name change. Yay or nay? It’s not like it’s the first time we’d do it. We started as Sigma Delta Chi, then added the SPJ, then dropped the SDX… But do we change again to Society for Professional Journalism?

  • Hagit Limor

    Love the photo, btw

  • Steve Geimann

    Here is my reason for opposing the name change: I like belonging to an organization that represents individuals.
    Journalism doesn’t get done without journalists. It’s journalists who make a
    newspaper. It’s journalists who make the news broadcast. It’s journalists who establish the credibility of many
    news-focused websites and blogs. Without the journalists, where would those
    entities be?

  • Hagit Limor

    Do you think some journalists in new media exclude themselves from joining our ranks, thinking we just represent mainstream media?

  • Steve Geimann

    That is a possibility, but if they’re JOURNALISTS I would think they would want to align themselves with a group of like-minded, like-motivated individuals. Beging part of a group for JOURNALISM, to me, sounds sterile.

  • Hagit Limor

    What about people who want to support journalism and the first amendment, but aren’t in the field directly? Would a name change attract new membership, and is that even a goal, to change the name just to attract new members

  • Steve Geimann

    A name change could attact new members, although it seems to me the number of supporters who would join us, financially, if too small to justify ending a name that has stood for more four decades.
    I don’s think the Society has fully explored the possibilities of attracting/luring allies who are NOT journalists but do support our causes.

  • Hagit Limor

    Thank you, Steve. I appreciate your thoughts. There have been many forums for discussion and I’m sure it will continue into the coming months. If you’re reading this after our conversation is over and you have a strong opinion, make it known. The executive board wants to hear from you (all emails are on spj.org) . Board members will meet in January and this will be on the agenda. Have a good afternoon, everyone, and Happy Holidays!

  • Hagit Limor

    Apparently there are two chats going, Geimann and I on this one and another simultaneous. I look forward to reading yours later…


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