The Ashford University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is the first fully-online student chapter in the country. Our membership spans coast to coast (and beyond!) and offers a diverse and unique fellowship and networking community.
Here are just some of the great reasons to join SPJ. In addition to networking with your peers at Ashford, SPJ opens doors and networking opportunities all over the country.
Professional development has been a long-time cornerstone of the Society’s mission. National and regional conferences cover writing, reporting and editing as well as broader topics of ethics and freedom of information. Programs are scheduled throughout the country making them convenient to members. Our web-based listing of media-related job openings as well as internships and fellowships is updated regularly. SPJ promotes excellence in journalism through its Sigma Delta Chi awards for professional journalists and The Mark of Excellence awards for collegiate journalists.
Nearly 250 chapters nationwide bring educational programming to local areas and offer regular contact with other professionals from print, broadcast, online, freelance and trade publications. Enhance your career by getting involved at the local, regional or national level.
SPJ, nationally and locally, is working hard to ensure a free flow of information that is vital to a free society. We fight and win battles for freedom of information and First Amendment rights. We work to ensure that journalists perform their work while adhering to the highest standards of behavior and decision-making found in our Code of Ethics. And we encourage journalists to expand their source base to better reflect their community.
Industry News & Information
Keeping you informed of Society and industry happenings is accomplished through a number of high-quality publications delivered to your inbox or your mailbox.
— Quill magazine (Six issues per year)
— SPJ Leads (weekly e-news about SPJ and members) (link/subscribe)
— Open Doors (Freedom of Information guide)
— Geneva Conventions (reference guide)