The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is the most broad-based journalism organization in the United States, 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 7,500 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.
SPJ is probably most known internationally for its widely used and Code of Ethics, which is available in eight languages, and which is widely referred to or used by journalism organizations around the globe. SPJ encourages the use of the Society’s Code of Ethics, which promotes the highest professional standards for journalists of all disciplines. Public concerns are often answered by the organization’s Ethics Committee. It also acts as a spotter for reporting trends in the nation, accumulating case studies of jobs well done under trying circumstances.
To review the Code and for more information, go to www.spj.org.