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
Video of the June 8 discussion about the critical role of local journalism to a democracy. How to register for the June 22 follow-up event.
SPJVA is co-sponsoring a webinar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, about House Bill 2004 — a new state law designed to provide a measure of access to inactive criminal investigative files.
Two students attending VCU and one at UMW have been named 2021 summer newsroom fellows.
The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, seeks nominations for its 56th George Mason Award, to be presented in fall 2021.