SPJ Meeting Minutes: Week Three

General notes

NYTimes DigitalOur meetings will always be in room 601B at 5:15 on Tuesdays

Meetings are weekly for the fall

Working on NYT digital subscriptions for the student body

Kim Crenshaw might be someone we get to talk about language in journalism

We’d love to hear about spring classes before spring

Juliana is great and can make flyers! Also, if she’s busy, Davi has a website


10/22 at 12 p.m.: required sexual assault training for all members of SPJ (talk to Melanie now if you cannot be there)

Halloween needs a venue — will be 10/21 or 10/28

Amanda is working on Halloween candy grams, maybe sell Halloween Halloween costumes tickets ($10-$15) at the same time

We will be having a costume contest at the party, but also maybe one at school?

10/9: journalism talk with Afghan gov’t person (talk to Stephanie or Andrew for more info)

Possible brown bag lunches with professors (Cobb available November) — collaboration between Roey and the speaker group

Pitching workshop, maybe?

Possible hiking trip — bus ($24) from port authority, 8-ish hours


If you are not getting the emails, please inform Davi ASAP

Positions and Committees

Speaker chair will share the official calendar with everyone

Talk to Kasiana to be involved in the tech committee, talk to deans about tech at CJS, develop Qs for survey

Stephanie is currently looking for long-term service projects (we now have a connection with the ASPCA!)

Share anything you want on the web with Michael

For future


Davi will talk about her meeting with Julie next week (about careers)


SPJ Meeting Minutes: Week Two

General notes

Make sure to copy Rebecca on ALL SPJ-related communications


Ideas: a form for speakers that the students can vote on (at least one question for each committee, 10 total

Rebecca can send us the contacts for people who used to do our positions (and we will figure out a better system for this in the future)

Reach out to Rebecca with any complaints from the student body


There is no alcohol AT ALL for other groups, but SPJ is for all students, so we can still be in places that serve drinks

Photo by Julia Raasch on UnsplashReminder to change the phrase “happy hour” to “social hour”

FRIDAY we have a tabling event from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Halloween party LIKELY Oct. 21, currently place-hunting

Idea for future event: speaker panels with speakers from news orgs with different ideologies

Events should be a mix of big names and networking opportunities, possibly people who work at smaller newspapers, radio, broadcast, reporting, etc., maybe professor events

ALL SPEAKERS should be on the record

Should we screen questions before speaker events?


Davi will send out the contact info for columbiaspj@gmail.com for use of the shared Google drive space

Contact Rebecca (with a fleshed-out email!) to send all-campus emails

Positions and Committees

Treasurer keeps reimbursement forms

Madeline and Matthew are our new chapter affairs liaisons

Send emails to the secretary with your schedules before Friday at 5 p.m.

Andrew will be our sustainable network event rep for the J school

Send all events to the social media coordinator so he can post them

The academic committee already has part-time MS students ready to volunteer

VP will develop a happiness survey

The committees should talk about what their missions are

Email the secretary if you have to miss a meeting (more than three meetings unaccounted for and you’re off the board)

For future

Next Tuesday’s meeting will be a committee meeting


SPJ Meeting Minutes: Week One

General Notes

SPJ_logoSome possible ideas: book club, helping students with post-grad jobs and internships, off-campus events, increase awareness of what SPJ does, partnering with outside organizations, getting campus-wide NYT subscriptions

Delegate, delegate, delegate

Currently, we have $500 and will fundraise starting in October (mostly sweatshirts)

We need to really pre-plan in Nov., Dec. if we want to do things second semester

We will have one meeting a week first semester, one every other-week second semester

Meetings this semester will be Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.


No alcohol in the building

All events must be ADA compliant

NEVER pay for speakers unless we team up with another group (and then they pay)

The first BIG event is Halloween

Lucille’s Ball is a variety show, Dec. 12

Actual ball is about $15,000, sell tickets for $25

Should have speakers once every month starting Nov., a film every other month

Recruitment event next Friday for committees

Past events: candy grams, etc.


Major communication will be via email: spj-board@lists.jrn.columbia.edu

Website: spj.jrn.columbia.edu (selling all the SWAG)

Do we want to use Slack?


General board members are an important connection with the student body

Secretary arranges the meetings

Publicity director manages the Facebook page

Treasurer handles the fundraising, is actually the SWAG master

VP needs to arrange for the dean to talk to SPJ once a semester

Committees are: academic, community service, events, film/doc, speakers, student life, and SWAG

Chapter liaison needs to be filled

For the Future

We need a Lucille’s Ball chair for the next meeting

Spring -> class T-shirts