Student panel draws crowd to SPJ winter meeting

SPJ_Vertical_WebWashington and Lee University’s SPJ Chapter drew a strong showing at its winter meeting on Tuesday, March 25.

A crowd of 20 students gathered for a student panel, the chapter’s second event this year. The program, tailored for underclassmen, focused on options within the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and the internship process.

Department head Pam Luecke opened the event with an explanation of the different sequences in the major: journalism, business journalism, and mass communications. Since Washington and Lee held class registration for Fall Term last week, Luecke’s message was timely.

The student panel featured juniors Waringa Kamau and Maggie Voelzke and seniors Logan Nardo and Andy Soergel. Among the four of them, each of the three sequences within the department was represented. Questions covered the features of different sequences, advantages of a journalism background, and internship and employment opportunities.

The SPJ leadership team at Washington and Lee, consisting of juniors Michael Agrippina, Emily Leventhal and Cory Smith, coordinated the event. They hoped the panel would provide candid student perspectives on life in Reid Hall.

Strong student turnout for this event has inspired SPJ’s student leaders to begin planning events for the next academic year.

Associate Prof. Doug Cumming has advised the W&L chapter for about 10 years and is passing the baton to Assistant Prof. Kevin Finch for the coming year.

— Michael Agrippina

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