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.