SPJ Member of the Month: Gideon Grudo

Gideon Grudo

Gideon Grudo

A hard-working SPJ member in Florida who relocated to Washington, D.C., and now serves as SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee chairman, Gideon Grudo, is SPJ’s Member of the Month for December. Congratulations Gideon!

He is the digital platforms editor at Air Force Magazine, an independent monthly, in Washington. He was previously the editor of South Florida Gay News. When he moved from the SPJ Florida chapter in 2013, he joined the D.C. chapter board, then took up as the national FOI Committee’s chair in September. He previously served on SPJ National Board and as VP for SPJ Florida.

Here’s what Gideon has to say about our organization: “SPJ has always given me the strangest opportunities to get involved with journalism in the strangest ways, from interviewing zombies to pretending I’m dead. It’s also given me opportunities to fight obsolete bureaucracy in an aging organization that only sometimes wants to modernize, and I’ve even won some of those fights. Can’t help myself anymore with the society. Couldn’t drop it even if I wanted to. I feel compelled to help other budding journos know they have a home and can have a real effect on this metaphysical thing we call journalism.”

Gideon was nominated by a previous Member of the Month, Dori Zinn of Blossomers Media, SPJ Diversity Chair and Florida Pro chapter president. Here’s what Dori had to say about our newest one:

“I’m honored to nominate Gideon Grudo as SPJ’s member of the month. Gideon joined SPJ a year or two after I did and somehow has accomplished much, much more than me in a shorter amount of time. He originally joined as a student and served as a national student representative after winning over dozens of SPJers the way he won us over: with hard work, dedication, attention to detail and a fantastic ability to make everyone feel included.

“He was part of SPJ Florida when we won a chapter of year award a couple years ago, jump-starting our chapter communications and online content to bring more eyes to our website. He got a job in D.C. shortly after and joined the SPJ chapter there, being hands-on and helpful even though he wasn’t a board member. He brought forth great programming ideas and even took charge of revamping the chapter’s extremely dated website. Today, he serves as chair of the national FOI committee and despite being only a couple months into this new position, I’m confident he’ll be one of the best.”

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.

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