Webster SPJ grad wins Chronicle prize

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Daniel Bauman (Photo by Daniel Bauman)

A former SPJ student member at Webster University in St. Louis and recent Webster graduate has won a $3,000 reporting prize for his work as an intern.

Daniel Bauman received the 2014 David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists given by The Chronicle of Higher Education while working there as a finance and policy intern this summer. The award was based on three articles he wrote for the Chronicle — one on colleges and universities receiving surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense, one on the growth in philanthropic gifts by foreign donors to U.S. higher education institutions, and one on the marketing practices of student loan debt-relief companies.

The award goes to one Chronicle intern each year. In addition to Bauman’s reporting, his eagerness to tackle complex stories, his ability to find and disseminate public records, and his multimedia skills were mentioned as key personal and professional qualities by the awards committee, the Chronicle said.

Bauman graduated with degrees in journalism and economics from Webster this spring. He currently works as a fellow at the Medill Justice Project, where he is working on a project related to shaken-baby syndrome. He told the Chronicle that he hopes to find a job as a data journalist after his fellowship ends in December.

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St. Louis chapter appoints new officers

New officers have been appointed to lead the St. Louis Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for 2014-2015.

David SheetsDavid Sheets, former Region 7 director and former chapter president, returns to the chapter presidency for a second term. Sheets is a freelance content manager and a New York Times correspondent based in St. Louis. He is a board member of the Gateway Media Literacy Partners and the St. Louis Media History Foundation. Before starting freelance work, Sheets was a writer and editor for 15 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Tammy MerrettOutgoing president Tammy Merrett remains on the board as chapter treasurer. Merrett is a mass communications instructor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and serves as program director of The Alestle, the twice-weekly student newspaper serving the university. Merrett was chapter president for two years, starting in 2012.



Carlos RestrepoCarlos Restrepo becomes the new chapter secretary and public relations director. Restrepo is a communications specialist for Room at the Inn and La Posada Providencia homeless shelters, two nonprofit organizations sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence. Before that, Restrepo was a reporter for the Marshall Democrat-News and wrote for Patch.com. He was the first president of the SPJ student chapter at Webster University.


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Annual trivia night is Nov. 8

All those little details and nonessential facts stored in your mind may prove valuable Saturday, Nov. 8, when the St. Louis Pro chapter holds its annual trivia night fundraiser.

The event returns to the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, next to the Aquaport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; competition begins at 7.

Besides trivial questions and answers, St. Louis Pro will serve up drinks and prizes, a “baby bump” contest, and include a silent auction with donations from several local businesses. Tickets are $20 per person, or $160 for a table of eight. All proceeds help fund chapter programming and a scholarship fund.

RSVP now by contacting David Nicklaus at dnicklaus@post-dispatch.com or 314-340-8213.

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Ferguson through the camera lens

Keith Lovett (left), Melik Smith, Victoria Smith, Linda Smith and Antonio McDonald (right) hold candles during a gathering of people at the QuikTrip in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
(Photo By David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com)

News photographers were among the many journalists who faced dangerous situations as they documented the scene in Ferguson in the aftermath of the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer there and the unrest that followed.

Several of those photographers will discuss the pictures they shot and the turmoil they witnessed. Among those whose work will be featured are St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff photographers Robert Cohen and J.B. Forbes, St. Louis American freelancer Lawrence Bryant, and Whitney Curtis who was on assignment in Ferguson for The New York Times.

Their presentation will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Lee Auditorium on the lower level of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard in Forest Park. The event is free of charge and is co-sponsored by the museum and the St. Louis Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Following the presentation, guests and the audience are invited to an after-forum gathering at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. in The Grove neighborhood, 4465 Manchester Avenue.

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