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Professional Opportunities and Discounted Services for SPJ Members

These benefits add value to your SPJ membership! Simply inform the following vendors that you are part of the Society of Professional Journalists and receive these special offers.

Insurance and financial services

SPJ Health Insurance Marketplace

855-995-9980  |  Website

The SPJ Health Insurance Marketplace provides multi-level health benefits solutions for members and their families in all 50 states. Our licensed benefit counselors provide each member with a live needs analysis to identify the perfect coverage based on needs and budget. In one phone call, you now have the ability to shop, compare and enroll in both government exchange and private health insurance plans! Call 1-855-995-9980 for a FREE one-on-one consultation or visit here to learn more today.

Professional liability insurance, cyber liability insurance and more from 360 Coverage Pros

Protect yourself and your business with a multitude of essential programs, including:

– Professional liability insurance
– Regulatory compliance certification
– Data breach risk & compliance assessment report
– Cyber liability insurance

Learn more about these valuable services — and the trusted, experienced team offering them — here.


800-368-2734  |  Website

In business for over 75 years, GEICO gives you the benefit of great rates on high-quality car insurance. Because you are an SPJ member, you could be eligible for a special membership discount on GEICO auto insurance. In addition to your special membership discount, you'll also receive 24-hour service online or by phone, as well as efficient and fair claim handling.

Apply now for the SPJ Visa® card

Get additional details and apply online
800-821-5184 (mention corporate code SPJ)

The Society of Professional Journalists Visa® credit card gives you access to dozens of everyday perks, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and events. Plus, you'll earn rewards points redeemable from a wide selection of rewards, including merchandise, travel, and account credits. Get an overview of card features and rewards benefits, and apply online today. Or call 800-821-5184 and mention corporate code SPJ to apply.

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Updated rates and fees [PDF]
Manage your card online

This card is issued by UMB Bank n.a., Member FDIC.

Travel and car rental discounts


Website  |  877-670-7088
Mention corporate code 1000007601

As a member of SPJ you will receive up to 20% off the “Best Available Rate” at over 7,500 participating locations worldwide. Book online or call and give the agent your special discount ID number 1000007601 at time of booking to receive discount. Whether you are looking for an upscale hotel, an all-inclusive resort or something more cost-effective, we have the right hotel for you... and at the right price. So start saving now. Call our special member benefits hotline 1-877-670-7088 and reserve your room today.


Website  |  800-331-1212
Mention discount number #B155119

You can save up to 25% off your next car rental while experiencing the comfort and reliability that come with renting from Avis. With 4,800 locations in over 140 countries, there's always an Avis nearby to help you with your car rental needs. To rent a car, visit Avis or call toll free at 1-800-331-1212. And remember to use your SPJ Avis Discount number (AWD): B155119 to enjoy these special savings.


Website  |  800-527-0700
Mention discount number #R584719

Make your budget go further by getting a great deal on a great car from Budget. As an SPJ member, you’ll get an amazing deal every time you rent — up to 25% off Budget’s great rates. To book your car, visit Budget or call toll free 1-800-527-0700 and mention the SPJ Budget Discount number (BCD): R584719 to receive your discount. Make the smart choice, rent Budget and start saving today!

Budget Trucks

Looking for discounts on Budget Trucks Rentals? Members save up to 15% off Sunday — Thursday and 10% off Friday — Saturday! Go here to learn more and reserve your truck online!

Motel 6

Website  |  800-4-MOTEL6
Mention code CP576803

Motel 6 has partnered with the Society of Professional Journalists to provide all members a 10% discount at any of the 1,100+ pet-friendly Motel 6 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Motel 6 offers a clean, comfortable room and great service for the lowest price of any national chain, and the discount will help you save you even more. To book your reservation, call 1-800-4-Motel 6, and use the code CP576803 to receive the discount. You can also book online here. We'll leave the light on for you ®.

Red Roof Inn

Website  |  800-RED-ROOF
Mention “Society of Professional Journalists” and use promo code 619696

Red Roof Inn has over 350 hotels across 41 states in the U.S. Take advantage of accommodations like free Wi-Fi, HBO, ESPN, CNN, and pets stay free! You will find great rooms, comfy beds, budget-conscious rates, and nice people devoted to making your stay a great one. Make reservations one of three different ways to receive your discount. Reserve a room online through SPJ’s Red Roof Inn website, call 800-RED-ROOF and mention “Society of Professional Journalists,” or visit any Red Roof Inn location and mention “Society of Professional Journalists.” Use promo code 619696 when mentioning SPJ.

Additional services

LifeLock Identity Protection

You could miss certain identity threats by just monitoring your credit. We see more, like if your personal information is sold on the dark web. And if there’s a problem, we’ll work to fix it. Get 30 Days Free and 10% off your first year of LifeLock identity theft protection.*

Sign up here or call 1-800-LifeLock (543-3562) use Promo Code AFFINITY24.

*Terms apply.

Additional discounts

Discounted AP Stylebook

SPJ wants to offer something exclusively to our members — a discount on something journalists love so much. That's right, SPJ has partnered with the Associated Press to offer you a 20 percent discount on an AP Stylebook Online subscription.

Office Depot and OfficeMax

855-995-9980  |  Website

Save more when you shop for school supplies this year! As a member of SPJ you can enjoy exclusive savings at Office Depot / OfficeMax. Utilize your SPJ member benefit by shopping online, or printing a free Store Purchasing Card to use at any Office Depot or OfficeMax location. To shop or print off your in-store savings card, click here.

Discounted rate for .Press domain

If you’re looking for a way to have a stronger online identity and share all your work digitally in one place, we’ve got you covered. SPJ has partnered with Radix to create domain + website builder packages that will help you build your website and present your portfolio of work in a way that helps you stand out from the crowd.

You can register your own .press domain — at a special discounted rate of $6.99 for the first year — and create your own website with an easy-to-use DIY builder. Or simply purchase your .press domain and direct it to your own website. Find more details here.

Discounted LexisNexis rate for freelancers

The LexisNexis "All News" package is available to SPJ members for $19.95 per month. That package includes 26,000 newspapers, magazines, trade journals, transcripts, legal news and more from around the world, plus free webinars and 24/7 access to librarians to assist your research. Get more information on this offer here.

Discounted rate for Authory

Take the first step in getting organized and protecting your work!

You've heard the stories of news outlets abruptly shutting down and journalists losing their jobs. You may have also heard the stories of those journalists losing hundreds, if not thousands, of articles when their employer shuttered websites without warning (think Gothamist and DNAinfo). To help ensure this doesn't happen to you, SPJ has partnered with Authory, a toolkit that allows journalists to track and back up their articles automatically. Here's how it works.

You can sign up today for the yearly plan at a special discounted rate of $39 per year — that’s 45 percent off the regular price! Once you sign up, send an email to spj@authory.com with your name. The 45-percent discount will be applied once your membership is verified, and you'll be all set.

If you have any questions about this promotion, please email communications@spj.org.

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