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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.

FOI step-by-step guides

If you're unfamiliar with FOIA laws or just need some guidance, we can help.

FOI for students
FOI for pros

Unfamiliar with FOI laws? Need help submitting a records request? Request denied and don’t 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

Students and Educators: Let SPJ help guide the way

The job of a journalism educator is more demanding than ever before. But you are not alone, and SPJ is here to help.

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 that’s 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.

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.

Classrooms & Newsrooms: The J-Education Forum
– Invite a Visiting Fulbright Scholar to Your Campus
– America’s Press Freedom Ranking is Declining
– Discussing Violence with our Journalism Students
– Be a Mentor to Journalism Students and Teachers
– Adding Study Abroad to a Journalism Curriculum

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.

Show the Love: SPJ’s Campus Media Statement Program

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

News and Articles for Educators
See archive for more articles

Quill: Students and live news: Tips to avoiding kryptonite
Quill: Ethics: Clarifying terrifying terms
Quill: Journalist, mentor, educator, country girl at heart
Quill: Storytelling: Good in theory and in practice
Quill: Students and design: a return to kindergarten
Quill: 'Payload': An Original Short Story By Novelist Jess Walter
Quill: Beyond Buzzwords And (Tote) Bags
Quill: Documentary Short Filmmaking For J-Students
Quill: Engagement: Buzzword No More
Quill: Journalism Is In Amanda Womac's Nature
Quill: Power (Of Listening) To The Public

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