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Tools and Reports

Member Directory Search

Chapter Directory: Lists all active national members of your chapter currently on file.

Prospective Members Report: Lists members in your area who have paid national dues but aren't affiliated with your chapter.

Members Not Renewing Report: Local members whose national dues have lapsed.

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Tools for SPJ Leaders

Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for SPJ Chapters

As we reported earlier, all SPJ chapters with an Employer ID number (EIN) must now file an annual return with the Internal Revenue Service. Follow this link for more details.


Regional Director Report Submission Form

As part of the new chapter reporting process, Regional Directors are required to contact each professional chapter in their region once a quarter. To read more about this decision and to access the RD report submission form, please follow this link.


The Leading Edge:

Taxes, major awards, the Post Office and a makeover … SPJ style

Status is important – don’t lose it! It’s that time of year – holiday bustle, good food and great friends, just like the ones at the IRS. They’ve asked that our chapters file their annual Form 990’s by Dec. 15. That’s a little over a month away, so mark your calendars or, better yet, just get it over with. Those chapters whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less can electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard. It’s quick and painless and you’ll want to do it ASAP. >Continue reading Taxes, major awards, the Post Office and a makeover … SPJ style

More from The Leading Edge:
– Taxes, major awards, the Post Office and a makeover … SPJ style
– Congrats & Annual Reports!
– Round 3 of Chapter Grants: More money!
– More money for chapters
– A new round of Chapter Grants dishes out more cash

Programs in a Box: Slice 'n' Dice

Grab a slice and let the pros dice. That's right, it's Slice 'n' Dice, a program that brings together students and professionals for networking, résumé critiques and grub.

Grab a slice and let the pros dice. That's right, it's Slice 'n' Dice, a program that brings together students and professionals for networking, résumé critiques and grub. We've got everything you need in the "virtual" box, including directions, flyers and a sign up sheet. There are even some nifty table tents to spruce up the place. All you need to do is bring in the pros and order some pizza.

Also check out: Journalism Movie Night

About Programs in a Box

Is your campus chapter in need of a simple, cost efficient program to draw in members or just have fun? If so, we can help!

Because we understand that sometimes the clock just moves too fast and budgets are just too small, we've recently created Programs in a Box to help you implement a successful program with little planning and little cash.

Member Maintenance

Need help staying in touch with members after they join your chapter? Want to hear what other chapters are doing to keep members involved?

Need help staying in touch with members after they join your chapter? Want to hear what other chapters are doing to keep members involved? This collection of resources, tips and templates can help.

Program Ideas for Chapters: SPJ’s chapters host an array of interactive, educational and fun programs that serve thousands of journalists of all experience levels and specialties each year. Take a look at these outstanding programs — and consider repeating them (or adding your own special twists to them) in your area.

Programs in a Box: Is your campus chapter in need of a simple, cost efficient program to draw in members or just have fun? If so, we can help! Because we understand that sometimes the clock just moves too fast and budgets are just too small, we've created Programs in a Box to help you implement a successful program with little planning and little cash.

Follow-up Scripts: Helpful scripts to use when following up with new members after three and six months.

SPJ Chapter Finances: Best Practices

As a board member it is your legal responsibility to keep tight oversight on chapter funds — even if you aren’t the treasurer.

By understanding and implementing some of the following recommendations, you can greatly decrease your exposure to misappropriation of chapter funds and other problems. Get valuable tips about income, expenses, duties, budgeting and more inside.

How to Start a Chapter

SPJ's chapters are the backbone of the Society. If you're interested in establishing or expanding an SPJ chapter, these guidelines will help get you started on either the professional or campus levels.

The Society of Professional Journalists is a professional organization. It is not honorary in nature, nor is it any longer a fraternity. In function and membership requirements it is concerned only with the field of journalism and the free flow of information to the public at large.

SPJ's professional chapter expansion policy establishes requirements that embrace the highest standards of professionalism. The professional chapter encourages and assists members in carrying out common objectives. It is through the chapter that individual members join in freedom of the press issues, learn of ethical problems and professional standards and enjoy fellowship of common purpose.

Before the Society's board of directors will consider chartering a new professional chapter of the Society, several requirements must be met and several steps taken. If you're interested in establishing or expanding an SPJ chapter, these guidelines will help get you started on either the professional or campus levels.

Best Practices Guidelines

Openness and Accountability Best Practices Guide
Social Media Guidelines

Openness and Accountability Best Practices Guide
The Society of Professional Journalists and its professional and student chapters are not government entities, but members believe in the strongest principles of transparency — that the business of the members should be done before the members, inviting the members to participate. The following guidelines provide tips and recommendations for fostering openness and accountability at the local, regional and national levels of the society.

Social Media Guidelines
The Society strongly encourages its leaders and members to regularly use social media to communicate, not only among themselves, but with the broader journalism community. These guidelines are intended to help SPJ leaders and members follow accepted best practices as they use social media in carrying out the Society’s missions. Source material for these guidelines came from governmental agencies, nonprofits and some of the nation’s largest businesses.

Downloadable Resources

Download valuable materials include hi-res logos, SPJ Ethics Code materials, brochures and more, to assist in your SPJ leadership.

Download valuable materials to assist in your SPJ leadership, including:

— High-resolution SPJ and other logos
— Printable SPJ Ethics Code materials
— Membership brochure and application
— Materials for chapter and national leaders, including training ideas, chapter leadership tips and more
— The most recent SPJ/SDX annual report

Follow this link to access everything.


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