Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is a national organization open to journalism students from all journalism sequences. SPJ is dedicated to the continuation of a free press. 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.
WVU Reed College of Media SPJ students led a nationwide petition drive asking other SPJ chapters – student and professional – to join them as they collected signatures to urge Congress to adopt a federal shield law. A federal shield law would allow journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources without the fear of being jailed.
The WVU SPJ Chapter also hosted the Region IV SPJ Convention, bringing speakers from top newspapers across the country to Morgantown to offer writing and reporting tips. And investigative journalists from across the state and nation discussed the need for stronger shield laws to protect journalists and their sources.
Learn more by visiting the Society of Professional Journalists (National Site).
SPJ Faculty Advisor
Teaching Assistant Professor