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Our Mission
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.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

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Employment Opportunities with SPJ

Currently, the Society of Professional Journalists has no openings.

Employment Opportunities with SPJ
Awards Coordinator
Application Deadline: July 28, 5 p.m. ET

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists. We are dedicated to the preservation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To accomplish this, SPJ hires smart, energetic individuals who are hell-bent on improving the Society’s offerings and operations while also making a name for themselves. After training, we get out of the way and give them the freedom to do just that.

We’re looking for a candidate to fill the position of awards coordinator. The full-time entry-level gig, based in Indianapolis, includes competitive salary, excellent benefits and paid leave.

Primary duties will include:

— Serve as primary contact for SPJ awards programs. These programs include: Mark of Excellence Awards (college student awards), Sigma Delta Chi Awards (professional awards), and other awards that are presented annually.
— Prepare and maintain a yearly schedule for the SPJ awards program.
— Develop timelines for each awards program.
— Ensure that each program remains on schedule, which includes the management of member volunteers.
— Work with IT firm to manage and enhance SPJ’s proprietary online awards platform.
— Coordinate all site logistics for three awards banquets including developing scripts for each of these events. (Sigma Delta Chi Awards Banquet, Mark of Excellence Awards program and President’s Banquet)
— Maintain a database for each awards programs to include judges, entries, and the tracking of awards submissions
— Secure judges for each contest.
— Manage all facets of an awards program, including logistics, promotions, marketing, communications, and planning. This will involve coordinating vendor and volunteer responsibilities.
— Prepare and monitor program budgets to ensure that each program remains within budget. Review all bills and expenditures.
— Serve as a resource for internal and external awards information inquiries.
— Provide assistance to local chapter leaders seeking information on local contests.
— Assist the programming department with program logistics such as processing registrations and preparing materials
— Oversee the annual Legal Defense Fund Auction (both live and silent) — includes securing items, preparing for sale and coordinating auction events.
— Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

— Bachelor’s degree preferred.
— Ability to manage multiple projects and follow each carefully from inception to completion.
— Excellent attention to detail and accuracy in work.
— Strong organizational skills are a must.
— Persistent self-motivator who can work with minimal oversight and achieve team goals on a consistent basis.
— Good interpersonal skills.
— Excellent writing and communication skills.
— Proven ability to meet deadlines and successfully motivate a wide variety of individuals.
— Strong computer skills, with the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and databases.
— Some local and national travel will be required.

Deadline to apply

Application deadline is 5 p.m. ET, July 28, 2014.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to Joe Skeel via:

1. Google Drive (preferred)

Upload your application materials and share them with jskeel@spj.org. You are responsible for making sure the application is accessible.

2. Mail-in option

Society of Professional Journalists
ATTN: Joe Skeel
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208


The Society of Professional Journalists is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. SPJ will apply its diversity mission to hiring with a written policy and approach to:

— Actively seek diverse candidates
— Advertise broadly
— Craft job descriptions to be inclusive
— Include diverse candidates within the interview pool

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