2017-2018 School Year
President: Lauryn Cantrell
Lauren's goals as President of The Society of Professional Journalists are to instill solid networking skills, strong ethical morals, and an appreciation for the history of journalism and those who have dedicated their lives practicing and defending their rights to the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press. She looks forward to being President and hops to make this a memorable and rewarding experience for all members.
Vice President: Sydney Cano
Sydney Cano is the Vice President for SPJ. Sydney is a junior studying Communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish. She was formerly the Co-Blogger for SPJ and she is currently the Social Media Liaison for GMU’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). She also runs her own fashion and lifestyle blog, sydneycano.com. She spent this summer as a digital communications intern for Becker Communications in Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon graduation she wants to work in social media or in fashion, or if all else fails become the queen of Spain. She can often be found at any coffee shop with cute aesthetic in DC or making heart eyes over Harry Styles.
Events Chair: AJ Blomberg
AJ Blomberg is the Events Chair for SPJ. AJ is a sophomore pursuing a Communication degree with a concentration in Journalism. He has served as an intern for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and has previous experience in reaching out to high-profile journalists and arranging meetings, including ABC's Diane Sawyer and David Muir, as well as tours of Good Morning America, WABC-TV, WBTV, and WSOC-TV, among others. He is excited to bring his experience to SPJ and looks forward to a year full of exciting speakers and tours for our members.
Social Media and Public Relations Chair: Dinanda Pramesti
Dinanda Pramesti is the social media and public relations chair for SPJ. She is a senior studying Communication with concentration in Journalism and a minor in global affairs. She is also the culture editor for Fourth Estate, GMU's student run newspaper. This past summer she was an intern at WUSA9. She has both a background in broadcast and print journalism and in the future hopes to work as a multimedia journalist.
Treasurer: Manny Veizaga
Manny Veizaga is the treasurer of SPJ. He is a senior majoring in Communication with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism and a minor in Film and Media studies. Manny was born in Bolivia but moved to the U.S. when he was 6 and grew up in the Northern, VA area. Aside from SPJ, Manny hosts a show on Mason Cable Network called "What's Up Mason?" where he talks with students about student life and national trending topics. Manny dreams of working in the entertainment industry.
Secretary: Lauren Sullivan
Lauren Sullivan is the secretary for SPJ. Lauren is a junior Communication major with a concentration in Journalism. Besides SPJ, she writes for Odyssey Online and is also involved in Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Lauren hopes to go into political journalism after graduation.
Blogging Chair: Bria Lloyd
Bria Lloyd is the blogging chair for SPJ. Bria is a senior Communication major with a concentration in Media Production and Criticism and a minor in Sociology. Besides SPJ, Bria is an anchor and producer for Mason Cable News and a member of Tau Sigma Honor Society. Bria also runs her own personal fashion blog, The Ex Fashion Student and currently works with NBC4 as a street team member. She was also a newsroom intern at WDVM News in Hagerstown, MD this past summer. In the future Bria hopes to become a broadcast journalist.