Welcome to the first newsletter from the new team! And I know, I know.. June is (technically) over. Well, apart from here in Norwich where its been extended for one more day so I can send this out to you all. Ssh.
Your exec committee have been doing their best busy-bee impressions this month and sorting out all kinds of SPA-related goodness. From appearing at conferences to appointing regional officers to asking you all for your SPANC17 feedback: you name it, we’ve been on it. And with deadlines and revision put aside for a few months and summer well and truly here, its the perfect time to think about your – and your publication’s – future. Whether that’s a shiny new redesign, an internship or work experience, or just brushing up on your FOI skills, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.
If you’ve got any questions, or have something you’d like to be included in the next newsletter, drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet/DM @JessicaFKeyes. You can find contact details for the rest of the team here, or as always we’re all floating about on the SPA FB page, ready to share our nuggets of student media wisdom. (Note to self: chicken nuggets at SPANC18..? Y/N….)
Exec Committee 2017-2018
Seeing as its the first newsletter, we though we should introduce ourselves. Here we are, in all our post-#SPANC17 hungover glory, (L-R):
Megan Baynes – Marketing & Events Officer
Conor Matchett – Development Officer
Dan Falvey – Chair
James Chesson – Digital Media Officer
Jessica Frank-Keyes – Membership & Communication Officer
All the news that’s fit to print…
You can read more from our exec committee about what we’ve all been up to since being elected below, but here are the highlights:
***#SPANC17 Feedback Form***
“The day might be grey but you know what will cheer you up… a survey! Do you have strong opinions about the SPA? We want to hear them. The new team really want to continue making the SPA the best it can possibly be this year, and we want input from you guys on how to do it. Please take two minutes to fill out this feedback form – it’s all anonymous but it’ll help us know exactly what you guys want from us this year.”
– Megan (Marketing & Events)
***NUJ London Freelance Salon***
“Last year’s SPA regional officer for London, Zaki Dogliani is putting on a fantastic workshop in a couple of weeks time as part of the NUJ’s London freelance branch. On Thursday July 13th there’s a workshop on how to make journalism pay and there will be two experienced guest speakers: Emmy winner David Quantick (Veep) and broadcaster/commentator Remona Aly.
– Dan Falvey (Chair)
***70% off Positive News – the constructive journalism magazine***
“Positive News is the magazine for good journalism about the good things that are happening. A beautifully designed, intelligent and inspiring read, it’s leading the way in the new field of ‘constructive journalism’. As editor-in-chief Sean Dagan Wood explained when he spoke at the SPA National Conference, this approach is about rigorous reporting that focuses on progress and possibility.
“You may have got your hands on one of the back issues of Positive News that were available at the conference, and now Positive News are offering the latest issue (#89) of the magazine at a generous 70% discount exclusively for SPA delegates.”
– Positive News.
To get your copy, visit https://shop.positive.news/collections/positive-news-magazine-back-issues/products/pn89 and use the discount code SPANC. (Offer expires 7 July.)
Dan Falvey – Chair
“At the very start of this month the SPA sent a panel (including myself) to Byline Festival in Sussex to run a workshop on getting started as a freelance journalist. I’m pleased to say that this was a success and plenty of people came and got involved. This was the festival’s first year and they gave a discounted ticket price for all SPA members. If you weren’t able to make use of the discount this time round, we are hoping as an organisation we can work with Byline to get a similar discount at next year’s festival as well as putting on a similar workshop.
“In the meantime, if any of you have any questions about starting out as a freelancer, please feel free to send me an email (email@example.com) and I will happily answer your questions or direct you to another member of the panel!”
Jessica Frank-Keyes – Membership & Communication
“Throughout June I’ve been getting the ball rolling on Splash Sundays. Sharing the content the SPA’s member produce with as many other students and publications as possible is a huge part of my role – and I want to publicise the work you’re most proud of.
“Whether that’s your sports pages, a investigative feature, arts, music and fashion journalism – or illustrations, photography or hard news, send me the content that you want shouted from the rooftops and I’ll do my best to make sure it’s getting the appreciation it deserves.
“I’ve also been making a start on updating the SPA’s membership list. We’re looking to differentiate further between memberships for individuals and publications, with separate perks offered for students and for papers, so watch this space!”
Conor Matchett – Development
James Chesson – Digital Media
“Finally, remember that part of my role as Digital Media Officer is to provide technical support, so if you have any problems with your websites, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to help.”
Megan Baynes – Marketing & Events
“Now that the sponsorship package has been finalised I’ll now be looking for sponsors to take up our fantastic offers! I have also been trying to find work experience placements exclusively for SPA members. So far we have one day shadowing in a national newsroom, but more on that soon.”