The Society of Professional Journalists Program Strives to Increase Diversity Participation in Its Regional and National Levels
Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 20, 2015) — Assistant Professor Jeimmie Nevalga is one of five journalists selected for the Dori Maynard Diversity Leadership Program, sponsored by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. Maynard was a longtime champion of diversity in journalism and served as board member of the Foundation since 1999.
The program is an opportunity for Society of Professional Journalists members to become more acquainted SPJ and then move into leadership positions at the regional and national levels within the organization. Nevalga will receive a Diversity Leadership Grant to attend the Excellence in Journalism 2015 Conference in Orlando, which includes a complimentary conference registration and paid travel to the event.
Nevalga joined the radio-television journalism faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2011 and is one of the faculty advisers for the student SPJ chapter. She teaches courses in newscast production and serves as the executive producer at KOMU-TV. The NBC affiliate is the only university-owned commercial television station in the U.S. that uses its newsroom as a learning lab for students at the School.
Previously, Nevagla spent 12 years producing TV news. She worked for WISN 12, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee before returning to her hometown of Chicago, where she became an executive producer for CLTV. The change in news format allowed Nevalga the opportunity to produce extended coverage of major news events, including eight hours of coverage during the 2008 presidential election. In 2009, she was instrumental in the merger of CLTV with its sister station WGN, where she served as senior producer.
Updated: August 15, 2019