'Men of Journalism' calendar a bold fundraising venture

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Students of the SPJ chapter at Arizona State University's Cronkite School are raising money via a bold, perhaps somewhat optimistic project: a "Men of Journalism" calendar.

"Most of the Cronkite School and the Downtown campus are female, so we wanted to capitalize on that market and create a calendar of men that hopefully the ladies of the Downtown campus will buy,” SPJ chapter president Anne Stegen told Alexis Macklin.

"I found out I was one of two freshman in the calendar, so that made me feel awesome,” Nick Wicksman told Macklin. He's one of two calendar models whose identities SPJ has confirmed so far, and he's the fellow featured in this video:

A Kickstarter campaign for the calendar has raised $414 of the $589 goal, which seems like a pretty impressive amount based on the subject matter. I haven't been able to find too many other examples of people showcasing what male journalists look like, but the Asian American Journalists Association has done a Men of AAJA calendar as well as a DVD. And if you have your credit card handy right now, there will be a Men of Travel Blogging calendar next year.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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