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Society of Professional Journalists

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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. The national organization debuted in 1909.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s current SPJ chapter received recognition from the national organization in December 2005. The IUP chapter adheres to the national SPJ mission—to promote and defend the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, to encourage high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism, and to promote and support diversity in journalism.

National Society of Professional Journalists

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.

Chapter goals also include:

  • To facilitate convergence of various mediums on campus and off to help members adapt skills across various news platforms—print, broadcast, Web, and others
  • To develop links between the Journalism Department and other academic disciplines on campus
  • To support campus news media, including the Penn, the primary news source at IUP since 1926
  • To facilitate visits to campus by news professionals who can enrich academic learning by SPJ members and who can foster contacts between SPJ members and professionals in news media
  • To help organize symposiums to address current public issues of concern to the profession and to engage the community in deliberating such issues
  • To elevate the professional standards of local news media and to help recognize and reward good local journalism

SPJ Officers: Dr. David Loomis, Advisor

Activities

Annual Fundraiser: “Get Down at the Brown”

Broadcast:

Global Alert

Global Alert is Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s only campus-produced, community-focused, public-affairs news and opinion radio program. Producers think global and act local by airing such controversies as the local debate over logging in White’s Woods, the 250-acre recreational forest near the IUP campus. Global Alert airs every other Sunday morning on WIUP-FM (90.1). It is sponsored and produced by the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The program features live interviews with local newsmakers and citizens. The program is interactive. Live listener phone calls are welcome. Listen to the audio streams at the HawkEye.

Global Alert won the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcaster’s Outstanding Radio Public Affairs Program award in its 2010 Excellence in Broadcasting Competition. Read the entire story.

Indi Week in Review

Indi Week in Review is Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s only campus-produced, community-focused, public-affairs news and opinion radio program. It is sponsored by the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ student members produce and air the program, which features live interviews with local newsmakers and citizens. The program is interactive—live listener phone calls, e-mails, and instant messages are welcome.

J-Jobs Boot Camp

SPJ Meeting Schedule

Meeting Minutes

Annual reports

Constitution and Bylaws

Bill Harder Enrichment Fund

The Bill Harder Enrichment Fund is named for the founding president (in 2006) of the current IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Harder proposed and the chapter created a source of money to support chapter members’ expenses for attendance at sponsored conferences or similar events where academic or professional journalism skills can be advanced.

The fund had a balance of $1,957 as of March 12, 2013. The money was raised entirely though SPJ-sponsored benefit concerts held periodically at venues around Indiana, Pa. This fundraising approach was inaugurated by Harder, a professional blues harmonica player.

Applications of two members have been approved and funded to support Melissa Thompson’s fall 2009 attendance at a conference in Washington, D.C., and Kaitlyn Johnson’s participation at a fall 2008 internship event at CNN in Atlanta.

Recent Pictures

of SPJ-sponsored events

Links

SPJ sponsors and manages the HawkEye, an online newspaper. The HawkEye publishes investigative stories by IUP Journalism students reporting on the Indiana, Pa., community, including IUP.

Join the Society of Professional Journalists IUP Chapter on Facebook and the Journalism Department on Facebook.

National SPJ website

  • Journalism Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 434
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4411
  • Fax: 724-357-7845
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.