I decided around the second quarter that I wanted people to feel welcome and see SPJ as an accessible venue to toss about and employ ideas for literally anything. To do this, I announced that people could run for officer positions [after seeing it was possible when I was arbitrarily rereading our policies]. These positions don't have any specific title other than officer, but it grants them the ability to create and spearhead subcommittees, invent and manage their own events under SPJ, or lead a discussion.
Julia Grace-Sanders decided to take up such an opportunity, and came up with an immigration panel. She handpicked and gathered panelists for the event, and was slated to host it. Unfortunately, her communication with panelists wasn't the fastest. She also had a last-minute medical opportunity she had to take so she couldn't host the event, but that was fine.
Julia decided the event would be a panel discussion with refreshing and insightful conversation about immigration. Panelists were an impressive roundup of professionals working in immigration, who offered up insight on how to best cover the topic.
In the aftermath, SPJ member Tim Gruver and I wrote up an article about it for the blog. I STRONGLY believe that every journalist should read it.
Kelsey Hamlin is finishing up her last year at the UW. Though her time is typically spent telling others' stories, here's a chance to get a peek at hers.