Author: SPJ SA Communications

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: Finalist: The Hub@TTU – by...

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Join the Discussion: “Ethics in the Trump Era”

SA Pro Chapter of SPJ to sponsor free public forum on Saturday, April 8 President Donald J. Trump has called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on Earth” and has labeled the media as “enemies of the people” and “out of control.” How can today’s journalists ethically do their jobs of bringing the country an accurate, fair account of the news while facing an ongoing storm of comments designed to discredit journalists and weaken public support for a free press? “Relations have been rocky between President Trump and the news media, to say the least,” said Michael Drudge, president of the San Antonio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The president says the media produce ‘fake news’ intended to undermine his legitimacy. He has called for tougher libel laws. And he even mocked a disabled reporter during the campaign,” Drudge said. “Journalists say Trump has unfairly targeted them, is thin-skinned when criticized and doesn’t even understand the function of a constitutionally protected free press.” San Antonio journalists will discuss all sides of these recent accusations and other related topics on Saturday, April 8, at the Patriots’ Casa at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMUSA), One University Way, near the intersection of I-35 and Loop 410 South. Continental breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. with the panel discussion at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the...

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