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Release: October 21, 2002

Local UI student serving as officer in student journalism group

CLARKSVILLE: Dana Hinders of Clarksville is serving as webmaster of the University of Iowa chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Hinders, a UI senior who is majoring in journalism, has been a member of SPJ for four years. She is a 1999 graduate of Clarksville High School and the daughter of Hugh and Deb Lore of Clarksville and Dale and Deb Deuell of Plainfield. As webmaster, she is responsible for the design and upkeep of the SPJ website, http://www.uiowa.edu/~spj.

OELWEIN: Danielle Wagner of Oelwein is serving as program director for the University of Iowa chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Wagner, a UI sophomore who is majoring in journalism, has been a member of SPJ for two years. She is a 2001 graduate of Oelwein High School and the daughter of Dave and Melinda Wagner.As program director, Wagner is responsible for finding guest speakers and helping with meeting agendas. In addition, she serves on the fundraising and newsletter committees.

URBANDALE: Merrisa Brown of Urbandale is serving as President of the University of Iowa chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brown, a UI junior who is majoring in journalism and history has been a member of SPJ for one year. She is a 2000 graduate of Urbandale High School and the daughter of Neal and Sue Ellen Brown. As president, Brown is responsible for overseeing meetings and keeping track of SPJ committees, including public relations, fundraising, programming, and the production of their newsletter, the Newshawk.

WATERLOO: Carolyn Kresser of Waterloo is serving as treasurer and Newshawk editor of the University of Iowa chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Kresser, a UI senior who is majoring in a brodcast journalism, has been a member of SPJ for two years. She is the daughter of Richard and Joan Kresser. As treasurer, Kresser is responsible for taking care of membership enrollment fees, the society's annual and supplemental budgets and in allocating money for certain programs. As editor of Newshawk, Kresser is responsible for page layout, assigning stories, writing some stories, and editing all stories before the newsletter goes to print.

The UI's SPJ chapter won the National Outstanding Campus Chapter Award in 1999 and 2000, the first chapter ever to win the award from the national organization two years in a row. It is the largest an most active SPJ chapter in the state of Iowa. SPJ is dedicated to protecting the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism, and inspiring successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists. Nationally, there are nearly 300 chapters and more than 6,000 members of SPJ.