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Friday, March 16, 2018 • SPJ News
2018 Black Hole Award bestowed upon Trump and his administration

Monday, March 12, 2018 • SPJ News
SPJ, GAP launch 'The Whistleblower Project'

Friday, March 2, 2018 • SPJ News
SPJ urges Utah, Washington lawmakers to be honest, transparent

Monday, October 30, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ highlights restrictions on journalists through public information officers, others via website

Friday, September 15, 2017 • SPJ News
Resolutions passed at Excellence in Journalism 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017 • SPJ News
The Arizona Republic receives SPJ New America Award for Navajo Housing project

Thursday, May 11, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ supports West Virginia journalist wrongly arrested for doing his job

Thursday, April 20, 2017 • SPJ News
Four students earn scholarships in SPJ/JEA Essay Contest

Friday, March 31, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – March 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ gives $5,000 to pay Trentonian reporter’s legal fees

Thursday, March 16, 2017 • SPJ News
New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission ‘wins’ Black Hole Award for transparency failures

Thursday, February 16, 2017 • SPJ News
Quotes from SPJ leaders on today’s White House press conference

Thursday, January 26, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – January 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • SPJ News
SPJ, 60 other journalism groups, ask Trump administration for meeting on government access

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ condemns “prior restraint” ordering The Trentonian to not publish about child abuse case

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ: Proposed Gawker bankruptcy plan can’t leave journalists without legal protection

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – November 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ joins 14 other journalism orgs to ask Trump to commit to protective press pool for transparency

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ President Walsh statement on journalism and the election

Thursday, September 29, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – August 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Cuillier receives SPJ's highest honor, the Wells Memorial Key

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Journalists ask Anderson Cooper, Martha Raddatz to include question about open government in presidential debate

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Lynn Walsh installed as 2016-17 SPJ President

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • SPJ News
Resolutions passed at Excellence in Journalism 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Pro Chapter of the Year honorees named

Monday, September 12, 2016 • SPJ News
Groups to White House: We will continue to fight for government transparency

Monday, August 29, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – July 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016 • SPJ News
Professional Chapter of the Year finalists announced

Friday, August 19, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ chapters honored with Circle of Excellence Awards

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ gives two 2015 Ethics in Journalism Awards to outstanding journalists

Thursday, July 28, 2016 • SPJ News
The Guardian, Donovan Slack and Invisible Institute honored for contributions to open government

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ Legal Defense Fund Roundup – June 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 • SPJ News
Banned Items at 2016 Political Conventions Hinder Journalists’ Jobs and Safety

Monday, July 11, 2016 • SPJ News
SPJ to testify before Senate committee on FOIA’s future


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