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Our Mission
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

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Headquarters Staff


Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-927-8000 | Fax: 317-920-4789


Executive Director
Alison Bethel McKenzie
317-920-4780
Email
@bethelmckenzie

Alison is a veteran journalist with over 30 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and media trainer. She also has a decade of experience as a non-profit leader. Read More

Deputy Executive Director
Tara Puckey
317-618-0581
Email
@tpuckey

Tara Puckey is the Deputy Executive Director of SPJ, helping to bring together each component of the Society’s operations into one cohesive brand. Read More


Membership Manager and Chapter Liaison
Chrystal Parvin
317-927-8000,
ext. 213
Email

Chrystal Parvin joined SPJ in January 2015, originally as a Retention Coordinator before taking on the role as Membership Coordinator and now Membership Manager and Chapter Liaison. Read More

Creative Director
Tony Peterson
317-927-8000,
ext. 214
Email

As Creative Director for SPJ, Tony Peterson is responsible for the design of Quill magazine, convention collateral, brand identity, marketing material — and pretty much everything in between. Read More


Program Manager
Abbi Booth
317-920-4791
Email

Abbi Booth is the Program Manager for SPJ. Abbi oversees planning for SPJ’s annual conference, Excellence in Journalism, in addition to conference planning for SPJ’s partner associations. Read More

Education Manager
Michael Sanserino
317-920-4786
Email

Michael Sanserino joined SPJ in November 2017 as Education Manager and editor of Quill Magazine after eight years as a reporter and editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read More


Director of Communications and Marketing
Jennifer Royer
317-361-4134
Email
@jenroyer1

Jennifer Royer joined SPJ HQ in August 2014 as the Society’s first communications strategist. She develops and implements overall strategy for SPJ’s communication and marketing efforts regarding proactively promoting journalism advocacy and SPJ’s role in the profession and democracy. Read More

Web Administrator
Billy O'Keefe
Email
@billyok
billyok

Billy O'Keefe builds, designs and manages all of SPJ's homes on the web, including SPJ.org, Quill, the Journalist's Toolbox, the Excellence in Journalism website and more. On the side, he has authored and illustrated two books and moonlights as a freelance illustrator and writer as well as a web developer and consultant. Read More


Program Coordinator
Christine Cordial
317-920-4788
Email

Christine Cordial joined the SPJ team in 2017. She oversees all things awards, manages the board elections process and assists with event planning for SPJ’s partner organizations. Read More

Accountant
Sarah Beck
317-927-8000,
ext. 212
Email

Sarah Beck has been keeping the books at SPJ since coming to HQ at the end of 2012. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from Northwood University in Michigan. Read More


Communications Coordinator
Anna Gutierrez
317-927-8000,
ext. 205
Email

As SPJ’s communications coordinator, Anna Gutierrez works on a variety of communications for SPJ: Creating the weekly e-newsletter for members, creating a monthly e-newsletter for supporters, writing press releases and managing and generating content for SPJ’s social media channels. Read More

Office Manager
Linda Hall

317-927-8000,
ext. 203
Email

Linda Hall is in her 13th year at SPJ. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Columbus State Community College. She was hired as the Accounting Manager and one year later moved over to membership. Read More


Communications Coordinator
Marina Cinami
317-361-4133
Email

Marina Cinami joined SPJ in September 2017 to support ACES: The Society for Editing and provide communication services to SPJ client organizations. Read More


About SPJ
Mission
Membership
General Info
Headquarters Staff
Board of Directors
Committees
Bylaws | PDF version
Documentation
History
Chester C. Wells: His Story
Merchandise


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. Learn more about (and get involved with) our committees here.

Our Mission
The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.
— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
— To foster excellence among journalists.
— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
— To encourage diversity in journalism.
— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

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