SPJVA wins grant to mentor journalism students

The national SPJ organization has awarded the Virginia Pro Chapter a $500 grant to help provide in-person journalism student mentoring, including a monthly “Dinner with a Journalist” series, for the SPJ chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The program will launch on Thursday, Jan. 26, when students dine with Daniela Molina, investigative producer at NBC 12. The hope is this will provide a meaningful venue for journalists to share their experiences with up-and-coming reporters.

Guest speakers who are Richmond-based can attend in-person. Zoom speakers from around Virginia (and beyond) are also welcomed!

The SPJ@VCU chapter would like to pair a student and guest speaker for a mentoring opportunity after the dinner event. The journalist would agree to meet with the student over Zoom, or in-person if possible, for coffee and advice, or perhaps to review a portfolio.

SPJ @VCU hopes this will encourage and prepare students as they head into the profession. Want to be a speaker and mentor? Contact the SPJ @VCU club advisor, Alix Bryan-Campos.

Are you a professional or retired journalist with time to mentor students? Fill out this form to be paired with a Virginia college student interested in pursuing a journalism career. We’ll keep you posted on opportunities to mentor during the spring semester.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

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