Society of Professional Journalists


The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behaviors.


Training on demand: Online training sessions, available to all SPJ members at any time. Topics include, but not limited to, photography, data visualization, smartphone journalism, personal branding, freelancing... a collection of screencasts, lectures, conference presentations, and tutorials related to the intersection of journalism and technology.


SPJ Journalism Training Program: topics include mobile newsgathering, social media series, multimedia series, and fundamentals. Contact: Chrystal Parvin, 317-927-8000 ext. 204 or


Reporter's Guide to FERPA: This guide was produced in 2010 by the Society of Professional Journalists in conjunction with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation to help journalists and citizens understand their rights to education records and not allow school officials to hide important public information while still protecting legitimate student privacy.


Rainbow Sourcebook and Diversity Toolbox: The source book, a database searchable by common news topics, features qualified experts from demographic groups underrepresented in the news. The toolbox offers essays and links to resources that will help you broaden the perspectives and voices in your work. Journalists who want to improve their reporting will find valuable help throughout these areas of the site.


SPJ Freelance Community's guide to freelance journalism. Free for all members.


Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing: awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. The fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books. Eligibility requirement: Hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States. Applications also are welcome from freelance opinion writers who devote a majority of their time, or derive a majority of their income, from that pursuit.


Legal Defense Fund: The Society of Professional Journalist collects and distributes contributions for aiding journalists in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.


Freelancer Directory: a way to connect with other freelancers. Information includes location of work and specialties