Society of Professional Journalists – UConn Campus Chapter

What is SPJ?

"The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation's most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior." -

Why should you join SPJ?

We offer a variety of opportunities and experiences that helps you network with other students and professionals in the journalism field

Some of the events we host:

  • Workshops
  • News studio tours
  • Skillshares
  • Networking opportunities with professionals

How to join SPJ?

1. Join our GroupMe to get updates about our upcoming events.
2. Add us on UConntact "Society of Professional Journalists, UConn":

Meet the Board


Name: Hallie LeTendre

Year: Senior

Major: Journalism and Political Science

Why SPJ?: “I want to continue to be involved in the journalism department at UConn and connect with students and staff through UConn’s SPJ chapter.”

Vice President

Name: Amaree Love

Year: Senior

Major: Journalism & Minor: Entrepreneurship

Why SPJ?: “To Learn and help educate fellow journalists about opportunities in our field while building connections with them.”


Name: Maddie Papcun

Year: Senior

Major: Journalism and HDFS

Why SPJ?: “I joined SPJ as a way to meet other journalism majors and also gain access to professional development opportunities!

Graphic Designer

Name: Jen (J.J) Ryu

Year: Sophomore (4th semester)

Major: Journalism

Why SPJ?: “I want to connect with other journalism students and expand my professional network. I found the past events I attended super helpful in helping me find internships/jobs.”

Faculty Advisor

UConn Journalism Associate Professor and Department Head Marie K. Shanahan




Instagram: @uconn_spj

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Contact Us

Email President Hallie LeTendre at or DM us on Instagram @uconn_spj.