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Society of Collegiate Journalists offers connections to the media world for ONU students

Heather Rutz, Editor of the419, will be speaking at ONU January 26. (Photo/Heather Rutz)

The Society of Collegiate Journalists came to Ohio Northern in the early 1900s. While students didn’t show much interest in the program over the past few years, Ohio Northern University has recently revived its Society of Collegiate Journalists chapter. In honor of their comeback, SCJ has started planning monthly meetings to help bring awareness of the ventures that can be taken through journalistic approaches.

The group will be holding sessions every month that will feature a speaker who has a different take on journalism. Speakers may be from traditional journalism forms, such as newspapers and magazines, or have broadcast relations experience. Some of the guests lined up are from companies as well-known as The Huffington Post and NPR Radio. Dr. Shane Tilton, advisor of SCJ, gave a brief description on the speaker sessions. “The reason we’ve done this is to show real world experience, and focus on trends in journalism and what the future will be,” said Tilton.

The first guest will be Heather Rutz. She will be covering the trends that are occurring in a local journalism setting. She is the editor of the419, a publication based in Lima, OH. She has 20 years of experience in journalism, the last 14 of those being in Lima. Heather has covered a variety of topics including local news, government and politics, business, health, agriculture and education. 

Heather received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Otterbein University and a Master of Arts in Education degree from Bluffton University, for which she also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department. She will be on campus Monday, Jan. 26. The session will be held in room 131 of the Freed Center, start at 6:00 p.m. and last roughly an hour.

Although the Society of Collegiate Journalists is facilitating the speakers, many majors could benefit from these connections. “Journalism has the ability to go across disciplines and we are encouraging that. Anyone who wants to come is invited,” said Tilton.

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