Join SPJ on Inauguration Day – only $45!

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! But hurry – the Inauguration Day special is only available for a short time!


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SPJ Happy Hour Dec. 20!

Join us at iTap in Soulard at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20! iTap allows outside food, so we will all be bringing something – but if you can’t, come anyway! There’s always plenty to go around, and iTap’s bar selection is extensive.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re a member – we’d just like to get to know you! Spouses and significant others welcome as well. Look for us toward the front!

Please RSVP at our Facebook event or by emailing chapter president Elizabeth Donald at so we can tell iTap how much space to set aside for us.

iTap: 1711 S. 9th St., St. Louis

Let’s celebrate another year together, with hopes for a terrific 2017!

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Sign up for SPJ Trivia Night!

We’re reviving one of the most fun trivia nights in St. Louis! Join the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists next month for our biggest fundraiser of the year and a fun night of trivia (and beer)!

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12; competition begins at 7 p.m. We award media-related merchandise prizes to the top three tables, and the fun includes a silent auction, a book sale, contests and more.

Tickets are $20 per person, or $160 for a table of eight, and include beer, wine and soda.

This year we are hosted by Nebula, located at 3407 S. Jefferson Ave., St. Louis.

Proceeds support SPJ’s scholarship fund and programming. As you know, almost all our programming is offered all journalists, not just our members; help us keep our programs open and free! For reservations or more information, email or call 314-340-8213.

Space is limited, so reserve now!

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EIJ coming to New Orleans

SPJ’s national convention, Excellence in Journalism, is coming to New Orleans Sept. 18-21, the national committee is taking proposed resolutions up until Sept. 1. St. Louis Pro will be represented by chapter president Elizabeth Donald, serving as delegate. If there are issues or opinions that you would like Elizabeth to represent to the national organization, please contact her at

One issue in particular will likely be debated: a proposal to change SPJ’s bylaws to redefine the Associate Membership, in the hopes of encouraging more people to support our mission – people who may have a vested interest in journalism, but aren’t necessarily practicing journalism. Read President Paul Fletcher’s take on it here, and please communicate your opinions to Elizabeth as your delegate.

Ever been to EIJ? It’s a terrific opportunity to expand your skills, network with journalists from across the country, listen to leaders in the fields and find out more about how SPJ can help you and your newsroom. Headliners this year include Marty Baron, former Boston Globe editor who oversaw the real Spotlight investigation, as well as a wide variety of training sessions. This year’s conference is held in partnership with RTDNA and the Native American Journalists Association.

Earlybird registration has ended, but there are still discounts for registering in advance, so hurry to EIJ’s website! And if you can’t make it, follow Elizabeth’s Twitter account @BNDedonald as she will be live-tweeting her experience from New Orleans.

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