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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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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

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

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


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 Development
Larry Messing
317-920-4784
Email

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


Director of Conferences and Events
Basharat Saleem
Email

Basharat Saleem has more than 18 years of experience as a convention and event planner, most recently with the Islamic Society of North America. 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, galas, conferences, education forums and other programs and events. 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


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

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

Director of Finance and Administration
Amy Wong
Email

Amy Wong is a CPA with experience in auditing and financial reporting. She has worked in the accounting field for more than five years. Read More


Communications Coordinator
Isaac Taylor
317-920-4785
Email

Isaac Taylor joined SPJ as Communications Coordinator in May 2018. He is responsible for updating social media posts and sending out weekly newsletters, SPJ Leads. 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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