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.
The SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter carries out that mission by holding events for journalists and the general public, honoring people who have made outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism, providing financial support for college journalists and advocating for free speech, freedom of the press and the First Amendment.
The chapter helped establish the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and collaborates with groups such as the Virginia Press Association and the Richmond Association of Black Journalists on programs to serve the profession and the public.
Membership in SPJ is open to all media professionals who uphold the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. The SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter includes print, broadcast and online journalists across Virginia.
The Virginia Pro Chapter falls into SPJ’s Region 2, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina.