About the Society

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.Click here
SPJ’s Mission: The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. Read about our mission here.

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SPJ Board: Meet and interact with the Society’s board of directors. Click hereAbout SPJ
Committees: The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Learn about the many programs and committees that embody this principle.

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Chapters: SPJ’s more than 250 chapters are its backbone. The local chapter is the conduit SPJ members require to learn about events in their local journalism community as well as positions that journalists are taking nationwide on topics such as Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights. Locate, participate in and develop a chapter here.

Advocacy
Legal advocacy annual report: SPJ’s legal team at Baker & Hostetler LLP never sleeps. Visit this page for a comprehensive report detailing all that has been accomplished in the past year, as well as a glimpse at what lies ahead.

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Nominations Open: Do you have what it takes? Check out SPJ’s diverse selection of national, regional and local awards.

  Click here SPJ’s Strategic Plan: SPJ’s strategic plan is the product of a year’s work on the part of SPJ national leaders, members and staff. The plan was born in November 2006 when a group of volunteers met in Denver to begin reviewing the Society’s current state and mapping out plans for its future. The group left with six broad goals, which were vetted through SPJ’s full membership by way of a survey. Click hereWho we are, What we do
SPJ Working for You: Whether across the nation or in your own backyard, your best interests are at the core of everything SPJ does for you. Follow this link to see exactly what SPJ has been up to lately.

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History of the Society: Learn about the Society’s origins and see a timeline of special events and highlights.

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Reports: Browse annual reports and an archive of minutes from meetings of the SPJ and SDX boards of directors, executive committee meetings, and joint meetings of the SPJ and SDX boards.

Click hereThe Sigma Delta Chi Foundation
Since its founding in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has promoted excellence and ethics in journalism. SDX is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational programs of the Society and serves the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.

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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.

Upcoming Events
6/13: Albuquerque, New Mexico: Narrative Writing Workshop  details >
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8/27: SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference  details >
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