Hofstra University has relaunched its student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

PCLI board member and Hofstra adjunct Chris Vaccaro is serving as the club advisor.

The chapter has used the spring semester to get organized, elect an executive board and to begin planning events and opportunities for chapter members.

“I’ve always been a big believer in students having as many opportunities as possible to learn and grow, both inside and outside of the classroom,” Vaccaro said. “Having been involved with SPJ and PCLI, I know the benefits a student chapter at Hofstra will have for students.”

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Hofstra sophomore Emily Kamen was elected as the chapter’s new president by her peers.

“The purpose of bringing SPJ back to Hofstra is to foster a diverse community of ethical journalists on our campus,” she said. “As president, I want students to feel that this club is supplementing their academics in a more casual setting, while still learning a lot about the industry.”

Kamen said the club plans on hosting networking events, going on field trips to local newsrooms and being an integral part in the Hofstra community.

PCLI will host the 2015 SPJ Regional 1 Conference at Hofstra. Vaccaro said he is hoping the student chapter will play an important role in the success of the conference.

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