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DePaul SPJ/ONA (DePaul Society of Professional Journalists/Online News Association Student Organization), the two-time national SPJ National Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year, supports First Amendment rights and offers ethical guidance for journalists.

The group, which has more than 60 members, organizes several fun programs each year, such as networking events, social media programs, journalism panels, and more.

Some of the events and learning opportunities the chapter has organized over its five years:

  • DePaul Free Speech Wall
  • Women in Sports Journalism panel
  • Andy Boyle coding workshop
  • Online journalism workshop at Payton Prep
  • Mark Luckie Twitter training video

Students organize events and programs in the following categories in order to be eligible for regional and national honors: diversity, ethics, freedom of information and community service.

In September 2013, the chapter swept the awards at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim: National Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year; SPJ Region 5 Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky), Julie Galvan Outstanding Student Graduate (Ali Trumbull) and David L. Eshelman Faculty Adviser of the Year (former adviser Mike Reilley).

In December 2013, SPJ DePaul reorganized as SPJ/ONA DePaul to better serve its student journalism members. The chapter now combines its Society of Professional Journalists membership with the Online News Association by offering members the option to join ONA for an extra $25 annual fee. The SPJ/ONA DePaul chapter is among the first in the country to do this, joining SPJ/ONA Georgia, among others.

The group launched of an alumni advisory committee to help mentor current members and shape the direction of the chapter. Our former executive board members now work full-time at media outlets such as ESPN, The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times/Aggrego, Crain’s Chicago Business, 120 Sports Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawks and KISS FM.

DePaul students also benefit from entering their work in the annual SPJ Mark of Excellence awards. DePaul has led Region 5 each of the last three years with the most total awards, including 23 this past spring.

Students who are interested should visit SPJ/ONA DePaul's blo​g​ for more information and follow us on Twitter.

You can read more about SPJ/ONA DePaul in an issue of Conversations magazine.​

Please contact faculty adviser Amy Merrick at for additional information.​​​

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