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About SPJ

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.


SPJ's Mission

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

Read about our mission here.

Minutes, Annual Reports and Resolutions

SPJ/SDX Annual Reports
Resolutions
White Papers
Meeting Minutes

Browse annual reports and an archive of minutes from meetings of the SPJ and SDX boards of directors, executive committee meetings, and joint meetings of the SPJ and SDX boards.

SPJ/SDX Annual Reports
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Meeting Minutes


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Chapters

SPJ's lengthy roster of chapters provide its backbone. Locate, participate in and develop a chapter here.

Find chapters in your state

SPJ's lengthy roster of chapters provide its backbone. The local chapter is the conduit SPJ members require to learn about events in their local journalism community as well as positions that journalists are taking nationwide on topics such as Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights. Locate, participate in and develop a chapter here.

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The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

Since its founding in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has promoted excellence and ethics in journalism.

Since its founding in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has promoted excellence and ethics in journalism. SDX is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational programs of the Society and serves the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.

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SPJ Works:

Oregonian layoffs a disservice to the future of journalism

Editor’s note: This blog post represents the opinions and ideas of the individual staff member and not of the Society of Professional Journalists as a whole. One afternoon during my 2011 summer internship at The Oregonian, my editor DeAnn Welker took me up to the fifth floor of the newspaper’s building. “It’s quieter up here,” Welker said as we rode the elevator. It was quieter. And darker and emptier. She led me through the carpeted hallway to a large room filled with lifeless furniture. >Continue reading Oregonian layoffs a disservice to the future of journalism

SPJ Works:
– Oregonian layoffs a disservice to the future of journalism
– Notes on the news, Twitter and public hunger for accuracy
– Clever responses to my communications blunder
– What’s your personal journalism code of ethics?
– Applying for a journalism or communications position? (Don’t) do this.


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