Engage in SPJ!
As an organization of volunteers, SPJ relies heavily on the expertise, talent, energy, passion and enthusiasm of its nearly 10,000 members. Like most volunteer-driven organizations, you get out of SPJ what you put into SPJ. Here are a number of ways you can engage as a volunteer.
Your local chapter needs you!
Visit the Local Connection section to find contact information for your local chapter officers. At the local level the needs for volunteers are many. Here are just a few:
Volunteer to make membership calls to new/renewing members
Offer to sit on a committee
Find story ideas and get inspired by helping to judge awards competitions from other chapters
Offer to serve as chapter administrator or treasurer
Help select students for scholarship awards
Mentor high school journalists
Set up partnerships with SPJ student chapters at local colleges
Organize a job fair for journalism students in your area
Help SPJ evangelize by being an ambassador in your newsroom
Offer to plan a program
Suggest fundraising opportunities
Be a chapter Webmaster
Publish the chapter newsletter
Write chapter press releases
Run for an open board seat
Regional work can expand your network
SPJ is divided into 12 regions, each comprised of several states and a mix of professional and campus chapters. Work at this level exposes you to journalists in nearby states and gives you a larger platform for impacting the profession.
Learn valuable skills and meet great people by volunteering for the regional conference
Find story ideas and get inspired by helping to judge awards competitions from other regions
Network with journalists from a several-state region at your regional conference or through informal networking opportunities
Offer to run the Regional Web site
Share chapter ideas with the rest of the region by serving as regional communication chair
Consider running for a two-year Regional Director seat (elected at the national convention) on the SPJ National Board of Directors
Jump-start your exposure at the national level
As the largest and most broad-based journalism organization in the country, SPJ is an active voice in the journalism industry. Join the chorus through some of these important opportunities.
Offer your professional expertise on SPJs publication advisory committee
Participate as a panelist at the annual national convention and journalism conference
Suggest and plan a program at the national convention and journalism conference
Offer to be a facilitator at the annual Ted Scripps Leadership Institute in Indianapolis
Offer to help with advocacy through letter campaigns or annual lawmaker visits in Washington, D.C.
Help obtain items for the annual Legal Defense Fund Auction and Fundraiser
Contribute case studies to the Ethics section of SPJ.org
Participate in national committee work
Run for SPJ national office