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About SPJ
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Headquarters Staff
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Bylaws | PDF version
Documentation
History
Chester C. Wells: His Story
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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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About SPJ
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
John Shertzer
317-920-4780
Email
@johnshertzer

John Shertzer is an established thought leader on organizational development and leadership, providing training and education to dozens of nonprofit and collegiate organizations all over the world including charitable organizations, arts organizations, membership chapters and trade associations. Read More

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

Jennifer 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


Director of Development
Larry Messing
317-920-4784
Email

Larry joined the staff in May 2018 to oversee the fundraising efforts of SPJ and the SPJ Foundation. He earned his degree in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Memphis and has worked in fundraising for 15 years. Read More

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

Tony is responsible for the design of Quill magazine, convention collateral, brand identity, marketing material — and pretty much everything in between. 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

Director of Conferences and Events
Basharat Saleem
317-920-4782
Email

Basharat has more than 18 years of experience as a convention and conference planner. He has managed and coordinated a variety of events including large conventions with more than 20,000 attendees, trade shows with 500+ booths, fundraising events, educational conferences, strategic planning retreats, galas and other programs and events. Read More


Journalist on Call
Rod Hicks
317-954-0025
Email

Rod has experience at numerous news organizations across the country. Most recently, he served as an editor for The Associated Press at its Philadelphia-based East Regional Desk. In this role, he worked on several major national stories including the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the Boston Marathon bombing and the sexual assault trials of Bill Cosby. Read More

Manager of Membership and Chapters
Caroline Escobar
317-361-4132
Email

Caroline is an Arizona native who calls Indy home. She studied art and journalism in college in Southern Illinois, and found her first experience working with membership-based associations at Raybourn Group International. Read More


Program Coordinator
Matthew Kent
317-920-4788
Email
@mskent5

Matthew joined SPJ in January 2019 as Awards/Programs Coordinator overseeing SPJ’s annual awards programs and SPJ elections. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, and is a native of Chicago. Read More

Quill Editor
Lou Harry
317-920-4786
Email
@LouHarry

Lou Harry’s journalism career includes editing stints at Philadelphia magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and the Indianapolis Business Journal along with freelance work for more than 50 publications and websites. Read More


Office Manager
Linda Hall

317-927-8000,
ext. 203
Email

Linda is in her 14th 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 a year later moved over to membership. Read More

Communications Coordinator
Zoë Berg
317-920-4785
Email

Zoë joined staff in May 2019 as the Communications Coordinator to assist with communication and marketing efforts. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in communication with concentrations in journalism and public relations. Read More


Project Coordinator & Digital Marketing Specialist
Ashlynn Neumeyer
317-361-4133
Email

Ashlynn is responsible for supporting communications and marketing efforts for both ACES: The Society for Editing and SPJ. She graduated from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis with a degree in journalism, while concentrating in public relations. Her previous work experience includes internships at The Saturday Evening Post, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and IU Communications in Indianapolis.

Accountant
Kathleen Parker

317-920-4787
Email


Accounting Assistant
Toni Sculky
Email

Toni joined SPJ in November of 2018, as Accounting Assistant. She has a master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Touro University and a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and traveling.

Controller
Jake Koenig

317-920-4781
Email


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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