About the Committee
The International Journalism Committee works to improve and protect international journalism and encourage the free practice of journalism in all countries.
For the purposes of this committee, international journalism is defined as any journalism that involves foreign journalists, that takes place overseas, or that deals with international affairs.
To improve international journalism, the committee will do some or all of the following:
Write articles about international journalism for Quill.
Put together a panel on a topic related to international journalism at the annual convention.
Lend assistance to journalists when they ask for our help, both American and foreign, to the extent we are able to do so.
Create resources of use to international journalists and make them available via the Web, printed guidebooks, or other means to both foreign and American journalists.
Find ways to bring foreign journalists to the U.S. and American journalists overseas for fellowships, conferences, and other educational purposes.
To protect international journalism, the committee will do some or all of the following:
Draft press releases and letters on behalf of international journalism or international journalists.
Lobby Congress in favor of measures that support international journalism.
Work with other organizations on international projects related to freedom of speech, freedom of information, and similar issues.
Act as a watchdog on U.S. government agencies that may attempt to restrict international journalism.
Are you interested in serving on the committee? Please contact our committee chairs to find out how you can help.
We need people to handle this Website, to produce annual reports and updates, and, of course, to research cases of press freedom violations around the world. Experience isn't necessary, but you'll gain a lot of it working on this committee. You will also develop contacts with other journalists and press organizations here and around the world and may be asked to write articles for Quill, SPJ's monthly magazine.