Leo Jeffres, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

Leo Jeffres
PHOTO BY DEBBIE SADLON Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Award Ceremony for the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Nightown, 12387 Cedar Road: Leo Jeffres, Near West Side resident and long-time member of the Plain Press Board of Trustees, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeffres, a professor of communication at Cleveland State University for 36 years, currently holds the position of professor emeritus. In presenting the award the Cleveland SPJ noted Jeffres “has conducted crucial research on urban communication systems and building community in cities and neighborhoods, as well as the effects of media in society and the watchdog role of the press. He has written several books, including Urban Communication Systems: Neighborhoods and the Search for Community and Mass Media Effects.” Jeffres also is a past president of SPJ Cleveland and an active member. Jeffres is a founding member of the Neighborhood Community Press Association of Greater Cleveland, and organized and hosted annual conferences for the organization for many years.

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