It’s time to #PressthePrez.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, fighting on behalf of journalism and the First Amendment since 1909. The Society has fought for the Freedom of Information Act, for open government and access to government records, for the First Amendment freedoms enjoyed by all citizens, not just those of us who carry a notebook.
A professional membership normally costs $75. For a short time only, you can join at the professional level for $45. It’s our Inauguration Day special, our call to arms to protect journalism going forward.
Did you know that it was SPJ that made sure the Iran/Contra report became public?
Did you know that SPJ was instrumental in getting a Georgia journalist released when a judge he was investigating had him jailed for filing a FOIA request?
Did you know that the SPJ Ethics Code, revised in 2014, has been adopted by most of the journalism organizations in the nation and a good many overseas? That in some countries, the SPJ Code helped form the blueprint for establishing a press free of government control for the first time in their histories?
Did you know that SPJ has standing committees and online communities providing support, resources and advocacy regarding ethics, the Freedom of Information Act, diversity in journalism, the First Amendment, young journalists “Generation J”, students, educators, international journalists, digital-only journalists and more?
Did you know that SPJ is leading more than 60 other journalism organizations in a collective effort to get the Trump administration to meet with them and discuss open government, both in terms of coverage and access to records under the Freedom of Information Act?
You’ll also gain access to much-needed resources to help you in your work. The jobs boards, training webinars, networking and opportunities, reduced cost for regional and national conference registration, discounts on services like insurance, database subscriptions and office supplies, the ability to apply for journalism awards and internships…
In addition to supporting the work of the Society in Washington D.C., you’re supporting advocacy in journalism ethics, legal defense for freelance and small-organization journalists fighting for open government, continuing education and career development for journalists of all backgrounds, and much, much more.
Here in St. Louis, your support helps fund a student “boot camp” for college journalists to learn from working professionals; guest speakers and workshops for the public as well as working journalists; an upcoming media literacy program to be presented at area high schools on recognizing “fake news”; a scholarship program to assist journalism students; and much more.
Not a journalist? You can still help! SPJ has a “supporting membership” for those who want to support our mission, and to still gain some of the benefits of a pro membership. This is only $20 a year, and available all the time!
Please consider joining us, and getting involved with St. Louis SPJ on a local level. Questions? Contact chapter president Elizabeth Donald at email@example.com! But hurry – the Inauguration Day special is only available for a short time!