Students with a writing/editing emphasis and those in broadcasting with an emphasis on news are encouraged to join the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). It is part of a national organization of journalism professionals and students planning to go into news careers.
Its goals include fostering high ethical standards, safeguarding the free flow of information and recruiting talented young people to the profession. Students may attend national and regional meetings of the organization and other gatherings where professional-development seminars are offered.
Other benefits include a computerized job-matching service; a subscription to The Quill, a monthly magazine published by the society and a mentor program and other opportunities to network with professionals in their chosen field.
Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in Sage 3412.
2014-2015 SPJ Members
Back row from left to right: Taylor Lackey, Scott Bellile, Morgan Counts, Erica Van Riper, Jordan Fremstad; Front row from left to right: Tori Cavitt, Nicole Kiefert, Krystal Kuba; Not picture: Jake Batterman