SPJ Region 3’s Chris Delboni
“Give me the chance to make it happen on a national level.” – Delboni
” I am from Brazil and worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, DC, for about 12 years before moving to Miami. While I was a member of SPJ for many years, I really got involved when as the chapter adviser at Florida International University. I taught there and launched the South Florida News Service, an academic newsroom that published at local papers like the Pulitzer-winning Miami Herald. As adviser, the FIU chapter was nominated four times as the Region 3 chapter of the year, and it’s been a national finalist twice. Two years ago, I was honored to win SPJ’s national award for campus adviser of the year. Now as co-adviser of another campus chapter, I’m running for the board with the idea of creating a network for advisers and new chapter leaders. I have seen first hand the importance of engaging students with SPJ activities and how that changed the lives of so many, who, through that experience, developed strong leadership skills, a sense of responsibility and a new passion for journalism. Please give me the chance to make it happen on a national level”. – Chris Delboni
Current SPJ office: Co-adviser Florida Atlantic University chapter.
Current employment: Journalism educator and Miami columnist for a major newspaper in Brazil, O Estado de S. Paulo.
Previous SPJ experience: Florida International University chapter adviser — 2012-2016. Responsible for revamping the chapter, three times awarded Outstanding Campus Chapter Award for Region III since then and currently running again for national Chapter of the Year.
Past work experience: First South Florida News Service News Director and FIU instructor — 2009 — 2016. Brazilian foreign correspondent in Washington, D.C., 1994-2005. Journalism lecturer University of Miami — 2007-2009.
Education: American University, Washington, D.C.: 1992 – B.A. Journalism; 2003 – M.A. Journalism and Public affairs, Online Journalism.
Honors, awards and activities: Society of Professional Journalists David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award – 2014; SFNSonline.com: SPJ Mark of Excellence – Best Online Independent Student Website — 2012; Brazilian Press Award: Direto de Miami – Best regional column — 2013; PrÃªmio Abril (respected journalism award in Brazil) – Super Interessante magazine — 1995.
Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: Since I became faculty adviser and helped revamp FIU’s chapter in 2012, I have seen first hand the importance of engaging students with SPJ activities and how that changed the lives of so many, who, through that experience, developed strong leadership skills, a sense of responsibility and a new passion for journalism. I would like the opportunity to advise students on a larger and national scale and believe this position will allow me to do just that.
You can vote even if you are not a delegate or at the Excellence in Journalism 2016 convention in New Orleans
In the past, chapter delegates elected officers and board members. Now all members can cast their own vote via an online voting system.
— SPJ Headquarters will send an email introducing all your candidates and directing you to their online information (if applicable).
— Candidates may have blogs or social media accounts where members can connect with them.
— During EIJ16, members can view candidate speeches online.
You’ll find most of this information in the Meet the Candidates section.