SPJ Business Prompts First Visit to the National Journalism Center

SPJ National Board is holding its spring meeting at the National Journalism Center in Indianapolis.

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SPJ National Board Meets Saturday at the Society’s national headquarters at the National Journalism Center in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS– Some might call this the nerve center for journalism– the National Journalism Center is the home of the Society of Professional Journalists and it’s where I’m spending the weekend as the SPJ National Board and Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Boards hold their Spring meetings.

Meridian Street is a main roadway through Indiana’s state capital.  In fact, according to Wikipedia, parts of this north-south road are considered the “most prestigious” in the state of Indiana.   3909 North Meridian Street is the location for SPJ National staff working on the business of the nation’s largest, most broad-based organization.

During lunch, I had a chance to walk a few blocks down the street to see a little more of this community that is north of downtown Indianapolis (hence, “NORTH” Meridian Street).    Broadcast news enthusiasts like me also would be interested to know both Indianapolis’s NBC station, WTHR-TV and CBS affiliate, WISH-TV are located down Meridian Street, not too far from here.

Bill Oates received an applause from Dana Neuts, an SPJ regional director from the Northwest, and other more than 20 members of the SPJ National Board, who were all in attendance at our Spring Meeting this weekend.

Today’s meeting was the first for SPJ’s Region 3 Director Bill Oates, who stepped in to fill the unexpired term of Jenn Rowell, who left our Southeastern Region earlier this year.

I wrote about Bill’s first regional conference last month.

We’ll have more from the National Journalism Center here in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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