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PICTURES: SPJ President’s Installation Banquet

By The EIJ News

At Monday night’s President’s Installation Banquet, the newly sworn in president of the Society of Professional Journalists promised to advocate for a federal shield law and take a serious inward look at SPJ itself.

“We have a lot to do – this year and beyond,” David Cuillier, SPJ’s new president, said.

Cuillier’s speech was the last part of the banquet. Among the things he said SPJ needed to do was an evaluation of what purpose and function SPJ served. He said discussions would begin about a name change to “Society¬†for¬†Professional Journalists,” as SPJ is not only compromised of journalists.

Cuillier also optimistically spoke on the future of journalism.

“We know journalism is not dead; it’s just evolving,” Cuillier said. “And, as part of SPJ, we’re helping shape it.”

Check out a few photos from the banquet last night below:

One attendee to the installation wore Minnie Mouse ears to part of the banquet.
One attendee to the installation wore Minnie Mouse ears to part of the banquet.
Sonny Albarado hosted the installation banquet Monday night as the outgoing president. Albarado said he was enraged this year, by revelation of the DOJ spying on the Associated Press and  the tactics of the NSA. But, he said he loved his time as SPJ president and that "journalism is still the best damn job in the world."
Sonny Albarado hosted the installation banquet Monday night as the outgoing president. Albarado said he was enraged this year, by revelation of the DOJ spying on the Associated Press and the tactics of the NSA. But, he said he loved his time as SPJ president and that “journalism is still the best damn job in the world.”
David Cuillier, the newly sworn in President of SPJ, speaks to the attendees of the installation banquet. He promised to fight for a federal shield law and first amendment rights.
David Cuillier, the newly sworn in President of SPJ, speaks to the attendees of the installation banquet. He promised to fight for a federal shield law and first amendment rights.



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