We’re in this together.

The Society of Professional Journalists is troubled by the continued layoffs and buyouts in journalism. Our members are the lifeblood of our organization, and it has been painful to watch as many of our friends, perhaps you, have lost their jobs as a result of dramatic industry changes.

As the nation’s oldest professional journalism organization, we stand with you during these trying times, and we thank you for your vigilance in pursuit of truth.


We’re here to help.

To those affected by layoffs and buyouts: SPJ supports you and wants to help.

Membership dues waiver request

If you are a current SPJ member who has recently been laid off from your full-time job and are unable to renew your SPJ membership due to financial hardship, you may be eligible to have your membership fees waived for six months. Get all the details and apply right here.

Discounts on, and access to, essential life services

SPJ's member benefits center offers discounts on numerous essentials, including health, auto and liability insurance.

Journalism jobs

SPJ's Career Center and Freelance Community Jobs Board offer a wealth of full-time and freelance opportunities.

Journalists Supporting Journalists LinkedIn Group

This brand-new group, sponsored by SPJ, provides support and resources for journalists who have been laid off from their jobs, are looking for work, or are just trying to figure out what's next in a challenging media environment. If you're on LinkedIn, join us today.


Let’s help each other.

Layoffs and buyouts affect us all, whether we're fellow working journalists or members of the public. Journalists give a voice to the voiceless, act as watchdogs to powerful entities and maintain a balanced democracy. And journalism needs your help more than ever.

Gift someone an SPJ membership.

Give all things journalism by gifting someone an SPJ membership. (Want to gift a membership, but don't know who to give it to? We can help with that as well.)

Help us help journalism.

Your donations allow us to protect journalism and journalists in myriad ways. Whatever your passion, SPJ has a cause to match.

Join hands with us as a member or supporter.

Become a professional, student, post-graduate or retired SPJ member for pennies a day, or join SPJ as a Supporter for only $20 a year. The larger our ranks, the more we can do to keep the profession alive and healthy.

Additional Resources from SPJ and around the Web

SPJ Journalist's Toolbox: Miscellaneous Job Sites

SPJ’s Freelance Community Facebook Group

SPJ Job Bank Learning Center

SPJ Freelancer Directory

What's Your Plan B? Facebook Group

The Cohort: So you got laid off. Now what? [poynter.org]

Laid Off? 10 Tips For Suddenly Unemployed Journalists [Recovering Journalist]