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Communities and Committees

The work of SPJ is largely done at the national committee and community level. No matter what your passion — freedom of information, diversity, ethics, freelance, international journalism, First Amendment rights, journalism education — SPJ has an outlet for your talents, passion and energy. Scroll down to learn more about (and get involved with) our committees, and use the links to the right to discover and join any of our growing communities.

Active committees
Awards & Honors
Bylaws
Diversity & Inclusion
Professional Standards and Ethics
Finance
Freedom of Information
Journalism Education
Legal Defense Fund
Membership
Nominations
Resolutions
Sports


Awards & Honors

This committee oversees most of the Society's awards, which are dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement in journalism. Any changes in guidelines, judging criteria, categories or eligibility are reviewed by this committee.

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Awards & Honors Committee Chair

Peter Rasmussen
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Bylaws

This committee strives to ensure the Society conducts its business and operations according to the Society's bylaws. SPJ's bylaws aim to unite members and promote good fellowship among them.

SPJ Bylaws

Bylaws Committee Chair

Adam Sennott
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LinkedIn

Bylaws Committee Roster

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Diversity & Inclusion

On both chapter and national levels, SPJ provides an open forum for the discussion of diversity issues in journalism. This committee's purpose is to promote a broader voice in newsrooms across the country and expand the depth and quality of news reports through better sourcing. The Society's relevance to its member is based on inclusiveness.

Diversity Home Page

Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair

Eleanore Vega
Freelance Journalist
LinkedIn
Email

Diversity Committee Roster

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Professional Standards and Ethics

This committee's purpose is to encourage the use of the Society's Code of Ethics, which promotes the highest professional standards for journalists of all disciplines. Public concerns are often answered by this committee. It also acts as a spotter for reporting trends in the nation, accumulating case studies of jobs well done under trying circumstances.

Ethics Home Page

Professional Standards and Ethics Committee Chair

Fred Brown
Retired Denver Post journalist, University of Denver educator
Email
LinkedIn

Chris Roberts, vice chair
Associate professor, University of Alabama
Email

Professional Standards and Ethics Committee Committee Roster

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Finance Committee

The finance committee is chaired by the Society's secretary-treasurer. By authority of that position, the committee reviews the annual budget and sets financial goals. Its recommendations on the budget are forwarded to the SPJ board at its spring meeting.

Finance Committee Chair

Daniela Ibarra
Email

Finance Committee Roster

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Freedom of Information Committee

This committee is the watchdog of press freedoms across the nation. It relies upon a network of volunteers in each state organized under Project Sunshine. These SPJ members are on the front lines for assaults to the First Amendment and when lawmakers attempt to restrict the public's access to documents and the government's business. The committee often is called upon to intervene in instances where the media is restricted.

FOI Home Page

Freedom of Information Committee Chair

Jodi Rave Spotted Bear
@JodiRave

Sterling Cosper, vice chair
Email


FOI Committee Roster

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Journalism Education

This committee's purpose is 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.

Tools for Students | Tools for Educators

Journalism Education Committee Chairs

Sharyn Obsatz
Email

Benjamin Davis

J-Ed Committee Roster

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Legal Defense Fund

The Society's Legal Defense Fund is a unique account that can be tapped for providing journalists with legal or direct financial assistance. Application to the fund is approved by either a small committee or the national board, depending on the level of assistance sought. The committee works throughout the year raising funds for LDF.

More information

Legal Defense Fund Committee Chair

Tim Eigo
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LDF Committee Roster

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Membership

This committee follows membership trends in the Society and recommends membership recruitment drives to the national board and executive director. It is called upon to review chapter requirements, dues, organizational structure and other quality-of-life issues affecting the membership.

Why Join? | Member Resources

Membership Committee Chair

Joanna Hernandez
Email

Membership Committee Roster

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Nominations

SPJ’s Nominations Committee is primarily responsible for identifying, vetting and recommending candidates for election to the Board of Directors.

SPJ Election Central

Nominations Committee Chair

Sheetal Banchariya
Email
@s_banchariya

Nominations Committee Roster

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Resolutions

The Resolutions Committee meets annually at the Society's National Convention. The group is charged with presenting timely issues for debate before the Society's voting delegates. Its members serve to keep order at business meetings of the Society and to facilitate thoughtful debate. Drafts of resolutions can be submitted by any member of the Society either prior to, or during, convention.

Resolutions Committee Chair

Dan Kubiske


Committee Roster

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Sports

Sports Committee Chair

Jeff Kolb
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Lauren Vassallo, vice chair
Email

Committee Roster




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