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

Liberty and self-government require a well-informed public. It is the responsibility of journalists to provide fair, balanced and accurate information in a comprehensive, timely and ethical manner.

The SDX Foundation helps by:
– Advocating for open government
– Promoting integrity
– Encouraging excellence
– Fostering diversity
– Inspiring new generations of talented journalists
– Protecting freedom of speech and press

Through the years, the SDX Foundation has created a legacy of worthwhile programs to achieve these aims, including:
Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships
Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
Diversity Leadership Program
Robert D.G Lewis First Amendment Award
– Taischoff Memorial Fund
Harper Memorial Scholarships
Journalism Ethics Book

Contributions to the Foundation help support these and other programs:
Excellence in Journalism Annual Conference
SPJ Spring Conferences
– SPJ chapter programs
Mark of Excellence Awards honoring collegiate journalists
Programs by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Programs by the Student Press Law Center
Programs by Investigative Reporters & Editors
SPJ training of journalists through webinars, online platforms, workshops and more

The work of the Foundation depends on time, talent and financial support from journalists and others who support these goals.

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Sigma Delta Chi Foundation
Educational programs supported by the Foundation

These signature programs are part of the Foundation’s commitment to excellence in professional and collegiate journalism.

Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship
This $75,000 fellowship is awarded to an outstanding editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world.

Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award
This $10,000 award honors people and organizations who work to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Pulliam/Kilgore Internships
Each year, two internships for students to research and write about freedom of information issues are awarded to assist with SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee and First Amendment legal counsel in preparing Freedom of Information Report material.

Archibald Neff Post-Graduate Communications Internship
This one-year internship with SPJ in Indianapolis allows a student to assist in the implementation of an overall communications strategy for the organization.

Diversity Leadership Program
Strengthening SPJ’s diversity membership representation is important to the organization’s health and future. The program is an opportunity for members to become more acquainted with SPJ through exposure to the Society. The program awards fellowships to members to attend the SPJ's national conference.

R.D.G Lewis First Amendment Award
This award was created to honor Robert Lewis, SPJ President 1985-86, National FOI Chairman 1978-83 and Wells Key Recipient 1980. From the generosity of the Lewis family, the award is given each year to a student SPJ member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the First Amendment through the field of journalism. The award assists a student with his/her attendance to SPJ's national conference.

Taishoff Memorial Fund
A bequest from the Broadcasting/Taishoff Foundation was given in the memory of Sol J. Taishoff, Sigma Delta Chi Foundation president 1956-57 and the first broadcaster to serve as president of SPJ. The fund is used to provide a broadcast trainer access to SPJ's national conference.

Harper Memorial Scholarships
Terry Harper, SPJ's Executive Director 2002-09, passed away June 2009 after a two-year battle with brain cancer at the young age of 45. In honor of Terry’s lasting efforts to improve SPJ and the entire journalism community, scholarships are awarded to members to attend the SPJ's national conference.

Journalism Ethics Book: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media, Fourth edition
Closely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics — the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles — this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas.

Quill, SPJ's magazine, is supported by the Quill Endowment Fund which was established in 1923 for the purpose of assisting in covering expenses incurred for the production of the magazine.

Annually, the Foundation awards about $300,000 in grants to SPJ and other journalism organizations/programs. Click here to see programs that the Foundation has supported over the years.

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