You’ve reached the San Antonio chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, the oldest organization representing journalists in the United States. We host area networking events and workshops and put on an annual fundraiser called Gridiron, an SNL-style political satire show that raises money for scholarships for local student journalists.
The Ranger’s rebirth, revival must endure
The San Antonio Express-News pubished a letter from Michael Drudge, the president of the San Antonio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, about the future of Alamo Colleges’ student newspaper. In the letter, Drudge offered SPJSA’s assistance in reinventing the school’s journalism program. Below is a copy of the letter.
The Ranger student newspaper is a watchdog of this college’s community
Michael Drudge, the president of the San Antonio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, wrote an op-ed encouraging Alamo Colleges administrators to make sure the district continues to have a strong and independent media outlet.
The Society of Professional Journalists San Antonio Chapter has awarded seven scholarships for the 2021-2022 scholarship year. Visit our scholarships page for complete bios of this year’s recipients.
We were able to provide these scholarships thanks to our wonderful sponsors — WellMed, University Health System, H-E-B, VIA Metropolitan Transit and San Antonio Express-News — and all the fans who bought tickets to our annual fund-raising show, which went virtual last year: Gridiron 2020: Socially Distant.
After our initial release in October-November, the San Antonio area saw a surge in the novel coronavirus and people were stuck inside a little longer, so we offered a Director’s Cut edition in December with new skits, uncensored songs and more performances that raised a few eyebrows.
It was a success, financially and creatively (we like to think), and for that, we thank all of you who spent a few more of your hard-earned bucks to support young journalists.
You just never know what you’re going to see in our rowdy, sometimes bawdy, but always in jest, extravaganza. But you’re sure to be entertained, so start saving your pennies!
All fun aside, the money we raise with Gridiron pays for one of the most important parts of our mission: supporting and encouraging the next generation of truth-tellers. Click on the scholarships tab on the home page and you’ll find profiles of current and past scholarship recipients. We’re proud of these young people and believe you will be, too.
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On another topic, do you have an idea for helping the journalism community in San Antonio? Want to collaborate with us on future projects? Just curious about who we are and what we do? Go to the contacts tab at the top of the page and shoot us a message!