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
We’re compiling a list of journalists willing to mentor college journalism students in Virginia.
Beth Macy, a critically acclaimed author and former newspaper reporter who has chronicled stories of hardship and resilience of life in the Blue Ridge mountains, will receive the 2021 George Mason Award for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism.
SPJVA expresses deep concerns over a report that a newspaper columnist received payments from Dominion Energy while writing unsigned editorials praising the electric utility and natural gas company.
It’s a sad moment for journalism in Richmond to see the Style Weekly newspaper close as of the Sept. 8, 2021, edition. And it’s important to recognize the critical, award-winning and significant work done by the principled journalists, writers, designers, photojournalists, editors, interns and contributors over the 40-year span of the publication.