IUP Society of Professional Journalists Event Boosts Scholarships

Posted on 3/24/2015 7:50:25 AM

Annual SPJ Benefit 2015An annual IUP Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) benefit at the Brown Hotel this month raised the most money for the organization’s two scholarship programs than any previous such event in the student journalism group’s nine-year existence.

Featured performers at the March 20 Get Down at the Brown journo-palooza included Grist for the Mill and student groups Thin, Tall and Adam; William Forrest; Black Ridge, and Kandace the Electric Hula-Hooper. Audience members paid $5 a person for the 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. show

Proceeds from admissions to the event totaled $528.33, according to SPJ officers, who said they were well pleased.

“It was great to see people out having a good time and supporting a good cause,” said SPJ Vice President Juliette Rapp, a senior journalism major.

SPJ President Adam Harring said the money will enrich journalism students’ academic and professional preparation.

“Of the amount fund-raised, all will be used to assist unpaid interns as well as to send students to conferences and other educational experiences outside of IUP,” Harring said.

The funds will benefit two scholarship programs administered by the student-journalists organization– the Bill Harder Fund (established in 2007) and the Jake Williams Fund (established in 2014). The funds are named for two past SPJ presidents who initiated the programs. Harder, a blues harmonica player, initiated the benefit series at the Brown in 2007.

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