Society of Professional Journalists | Virginia Pro Chapter

SPJ 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.

Membership in SPJ is open to all media professionals who uphold the society’s Code of Ethics.

The Virginia Pro Chapter carries out SPJ’s mission on the state level. We hold events for journalists and the general public, honor people who have made outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism, provide financial support for college journalists and speak out in support of free speech, freedom of the press and the First Amendment. Our members include print, broadcast and online journalists across Virginia.


Latest news from SPJVA

SPJVA’s statement on Las Vegas journalist’s murder

The U.S Constitution ensures a free press, a cornerstone of a functioning and healthy democracy and the Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to protecting those rights. To that end, the Society of Professional Journalists Virginia Pro Chapter is carefully watching developments in the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German. Las VegasContinue reading “SPJVA’s statement on Las Vegas journalist’s murder”

SPJ VA board social event – Sun., Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Virginia journalists! You are invited to meet the new Society of Professional Journalists Virginia Pro chapter 2022-2023 board on the patio of Legends Brewing Co.,321 W 7th St., Richmond, VA 23224. on Sun., Sept. 18 at 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Cash bar. Catch up with old friends, network, bring business cards. Board meeting (open toContinue reading “SPJ VA board social event – Sun., Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m.”

SPJVA donates to Sierra Jenkins Scholarship Fund

In an email vote, the board of directors of the SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter agreed to donate $150 to the scholarship fund established in the memory of Sierra Jenkins, a Virginian-Pilot reporter who was fatally shot in Norfolk on March 19. The board also urged SPJVA members and supporters to consider contributing to the fund.

Help Nominate 2022 George Mason Awardee

The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, seeks nominations for its 56th George Mason Award, tentatively scheduled to be presented in early December 2022. The annual award has only one stated criterion: It recognizes a person who “has made outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism.”