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For more than 100 years the Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press.
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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.
Excellence in Journalism is the national journalism conference of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association. Join us in September in Nashville for training, networking, workshops and more!
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SPJ's Journalism Education Committee strives to promote excellence in education programs and practical research. It acts as a clearinghouse for the Society's academic members and students. It also works with annual convention planners on mentor programs both at the college and high school level.
Eastern Kentucky University used time in its Media Ethics class to revise the Code of Ethics. The leaders of the SPJ chapter at the school guided the discussion while the class participated. The group came up with these journalism fails. To see what they changed in the code, check here. To host this event at your school, use the information and starter guides in this post. >Continue reading Eastern Kentucky University combines class and club
The Society of Professional Journalists understands that changes in the industry have forced educators to rethink and revise curricula. They are being asked or required to help students learn about everything thats new while still teaching the reporting and writing skills that serve as the foundation of journalism. Institutions of higher learning are breaking their budgets to keep up with new software, new hardware and new gadgets. The job of a journalism educator is more demanding than ever before.
Just know that you are not alone. And the Society of Professional Journalists is there to help.
Become a Collegiate Institutional Member
Becoming a Collegiate Institutional Member in SPJ is one of the easiest ways your school can demonstrate to students (and parents) its commitment to producing the best journalists possible. For just $400 a year, your school can join SPJ as a Collegiate Institutional Member and receive the following benefits.
SPJ's On Demand sessions are available to all SPJ members at any time and are included as part of your SPJ membership.
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– Part 2: Understanding Exposure
– Part 3: Understanding Color and White Balance
– Part 4: Focus Control
– Part 5: Your Cameras Metering System
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Additional topics include:
– Data Visualization
– Smartphone Journalism
– Personal Branding
– Freedom of Information: Acquiring Records
– Using Social Media Tools
– Basic Video Techniques
– Using Blogs and Video
Follow this link to see all available sessions.
Not an SPJ Member? View a sample video here, and then join SPJ to see the others!
The Campus Copy: SPJs Student Journalism Blog
Articles for Students
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– SPJ News: Ohio University named SPJ Campus Chapter of the Year
– Quill: Ten with Kara Swisher
– Quill: Education Toolbox
– Quill: Words and Language Toolbox
– SPJ News: SPJ announces outstanding campus chapter regional honorees
– SPJ News: SPJ honors Lucy Dieckhaus with Robert D.G. Lewis First Amendment Award
– Quill: Education Toolbox
– Quill: Ethics Toolbox
– Quill: FOI Toolbox
– Quill: Member Profile - David Bulla
SPJ is more than happy to help student journalists. We welcome research questions as students pursue studies inside and outside the classroom. We offer a variety of resources and professional experts that are available, but try as we may, our services are not available 24/7/365 specifically those of our hard-working volunteer experts and committee members. While we recognize those limitations, we will do all we can to assist students. In order to gain that assistance, we ask that students please follow these three guidelines.
SPJ's Campus Media Statement
Our student media are designated public forums and free from censorship and advance approval of content. Student media are free to develop editorial policies and news coverage with the understanding that students and student organizations speak only for themselves. Administrators, faculty, staff or other agents shall not consider the student media's content when making decisions regarding the media's funding.
The Society of Professional Journalists is asking college administrators to show their love for a free student press by taking a vow that includes these three magic words: designated public forum. Continue Reading
The Society of Professional Journalists is here to support student journalists nationwide as they begin to mold their careers. Whether its a campus chapter, student media outlet or individual, SPJ is here to offer advice, training and up-to-date information on important freedom of information decisions.
Follow this link for resources that can help you and your chapter regarding freedom of information news and education.
Become part of the nations largest, most broad-based journalism organization for just a few dollars a month with our new AutoDues billing option. Its designed to make all the benefits of membership easily fit into anyones budget with a low, automatic payment that gives you access to everything SPJ offers networking, training, advocacy and more.
SPJ AutoDues gives you the ability to pay both national and local chapter dues with low, monthly payments. Donations to SPJ or the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation may be bundled in as well.
Get all the details including how you can sign up today right here.
Ready to raise your game and take your career to new places? Let SPJ help with its selection of training programs and workshops.
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Unfamiliar with FOI laws? Need help submitting a records request? Request denied and dont know what to do now? Just overwhelmed in general and need a place to start?
The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protecting the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely. If you're unfamiliar with the laws or just need some guidance, these guides for pros and students can help.
FOI for students: A step-by-step guide
FOI for pros: A step-by-step guide
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.