Author: SPJ SA Communications

Women: Call for fellowship application by Nov. 6

International Women’s Media Foundation wants applications for its first fellowship in 2018. Scheduled for February, the project is working in Honduras and Guatemala. Applications are due by Nov. 6.  Don’t procrastinate. Visit IWMF.org for more information and qualifying criteria. Let us know if you win! Share with a friend....

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Google News Lab Workshop Feb. 16

Google News Lab comes to San Antonio this February as part of the SPJ effort to continue cutting edge training opportunities for journalists adjusting to fast-changing industry technology and environments. We are seeking sponsors for this important event. For more info, visit Google News...

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UIW-TV features Gridiron

UIW-TV featured a report on the Gridiron by local journalism student Madi Aguiar.  Gridsters sang, danced and gave their lines while others worked the house and backstage for Make Gridiron Great Again. UIW-TV covered the fundraising event with a report by communication arts junior Madi Aguiar. She interviewed SPJ president Mike Drudge and scholarship coordinator Susana Hayward. For more information on scholarships, visit the scholarships page.   ...

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Video of Gridiron 2017 Available

Cast of “Make Gridiron Great Again” minutes before opening the show on Sept. 30. Buy Gridiron Videos Video support by NOWCastSA gives gridsters and fans the chance to enjoy Gridiron again and to share the fun with friends, family, Hollywood agents and enemies. It might make a memorable and unique Christmas gift! Just $20 gets your own link to a video download of the entire show with rolling credits and supports the community service work of NOWCastSA. SPJ SA pro chapter produces Gridiron annually to raise money for students from the South Texas region studying communications or journalism. Last...

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Dancing Gridsters featured in local news

Gridiron featured on SA Living Gridiron featured on Great Day SA Dancing journalist extraordinaire Michael Quintanilla appeared on today’s SA Living program at News4SA talking about Gridiron 2017. He mentions what local politician is making a guest appearance in a skit this year and dancing on the roof of City Hall. See what else he had to say about dancing his way around San Antonio City Hall. Gridiron actor Scott Huddleston and SPJSA president Michael Drudge appeared on today’s Great Day SA program on KENS5 Eyewitness News talking about why they join up with other journalists to produce and act in...

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Videos From Gridirons Past

Stay tuned for news about the Gridiron Express, a park and ride to and from the show. The $35 earlybird price goes up to $40 at midnight Saturday, Sept. 23. Online sales end at 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Tickets at the door will cost $40 cash, check or credit card. Students with college IDs may buy tickets for $20 at the box office the night of the show only or for $10 to the dress rehearsal from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Students $20 including fees General Admission $35 including fees VIP Down Front and Center $75 including...

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Students awarded scholarships from San Antonio Pro Chapter of SPJ

Students receive applause and cash at banquet The San Antonio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored 13 scholarship winners at a banquet on June 21 at Tomatillos Cafe y Cantina. A total of $14,000 was award to the students, who are pursing degrees in journalism and communications. Attendees included SPJ members, professors, friends and family. Most of the scholarship funds come from the annual Gridiron show. The next Gridiron will be held this year on Sept. 30 at the auditorium at Texas A&M University – San Antonio.  The event was sponsored by this SPJ chapter. Winners of the 2017 scholarships are (back row, from left) Renee Muniz (University of the Incarnate Word); Victoria O’Connor (University of the Incarnate Word); James Dusek (San Antonio College); Cynthia Herrera (Texas A&M – San Antonio); Mara Gabriela Rodriguez (Texas A&M -San Antonio); Kyle Cotton (University of Texas at Arlington); Guadalupe “Wally” Perez (San Antonio College); (bottom row, from left) Bethany Melendez (University of the Incarnate Word); Marco P. Cadena (University of the Incarnate Word); José Arredondo (Texas A&M – San Antonio); Adam Barraza (University of the Incarnate Word) and Amisarahi Sarabia (Texas A&M-San Antonio). Not pictured is Julie Weis (Trinity University), who is pursing summer studies in China. Journalism sophomore and award winner James Dusek, of San Antonio College, talks with his journalism professor, Teresa Telerico. Scholarship winner and San Antonio college...

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Meet our 2017 Winners!

Meet our 2017 Winners of more than $10,000! Join us in a celebration. 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 at Tomatillo’s Cantina Y Cafe. RSVP and details here.. Jose Arredondo Journalism at Texas A&M University-San Antonio Jose Arredondo is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He has written and photographed at The Bugle Call, The Big Stick, The Ranger and La Prensa newspapers. Recently, Arredondo interned at Spectrum News where he covered the San Antonio Spurs and performed on camera. In seven years, Arredondo has interviewed Emmitt Smith, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Diamond Dallas Paige and several other high-profile figures. Adam Christopher Barraza Communication at University of the Incarnate Word At the age of eight, Adam Christopher Barraza grew fond of video cameras during summer vacation while celebrating his birthday at Disneyland. As he grew older, his love for cameras also grew. He went on to do school news at Coronado High School, which helped land him an internship in El Paso. A year later, Barraza moved to San Antonio and went on to earn his A.A.S. in radio, television and film at San Antonio College. He is now working towards his bachelor’s in communications with a concentration in production, all while working for Fox 29 and NBC’s News 4 in San Antonio. Marco P. Cadena Communication Arts at University of the Incarnate Word Marco P. Cadena...

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Active attendees engage panelists on ethics, Trump

Guests active in ethics discussion About 30 people including students attended “Ethics in the Trump Era” on April 8 at the Texas A&M campus. “The discussion had a lot of back and forth between panelists and guests,” said Nora Lopez, San Antonio Express-News Metro Editor. She said, “It could have gone longer. Interest remained strong when the event was completed.” Bill Lambrecht spoke about how much harder it is for government officials to talk to the press under Trump. SPJ Scholarship Coordinator Susana Hayward asked Lambrecht if it was because people were afraid to talk or if they just...

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San Antonio students awarded for their excellence

The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded 11 prizes to San Antonio-area university students for outstanding collegiate journalism. The awards were announced at the SPJ Region 8 Spring Conference at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. First-place winners are entered into national competition with other Mark of Excellence (MOE) winners from the 12 SPJ regions. National winners will be notified in late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California, in September. MOE entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. Judges were directed to choose entries they felt were among the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. School divisions are based on student enrollment, including both graduate and undergraduate. Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students. SPJ Region 8 covers Texas and Oklahoma. The San Antonio Pro Chapter supports SPJ’s mission to promote ethics, diversity and freedom of information for the area’s journalistic community. Our annual Gridiron show raises thousands of dollars for scholarships for the area’s best student journalists. Region 8 MOE winners and finalists for 2017 from the San Antonio area are: Best Digital-Only Student Publication Winner: The Mesquite – by The Mesquite Staff, Texas A&M University – San Antonio: http://www.mesquite-news.com Finalist: The Hub@TTU – by...

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