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Society of Professional Journalists Honors Rebecca Tallent

October 12, 2018

Rebecca Tallent, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Media, received the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) President's Award at the society's annual Excellence in Journalism Conference, held Sept. 26-29, in Baltimore. The President's Award is given to SPJ members who excel in a specific area during the past year.

Tallent serves as the chair of SPJ's Journalism Education Committee and has been leading the association's national #Press4Education initiative, which aims to bring journalists into K-12 classrooms. In only six months, 150 journalists spoke to an estimated 4,000 students on topics ranging from fake news and media literacy to reporting, editing and data journalism.

Tallent's involvement with SPJ spans more than 44 years. During that time, she has served in both regional and national leadership positions with the organization and received multiple national awards, including the SPJ Diversity Leadership Fellowship in 2007.

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