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Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)


The mission of the NDSU student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists mirrors that of the mission of the national SPJ organization. 

The national SPJ mission states

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities. It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

— To promote this flow of information.

— To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.

— To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.

— To foster excellence among journalists.

— To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.

— To encourage diversity in journalism.

— To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.

— To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.


The NDSU student chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month. For the 2013-14 school year, meetings will be in the lounge area in front of The Spectrum offices on the top floor of the Memorial Union. For further information, contact Patrick Schmiedt, SPJ faculty adviser.

NDSU SPJ student chapter bylaws


Students, SPJ members, faculty and professionals meet for a roundtable discussion about the challenges new graduates face in the journalism field. April 2013. 

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Department of Communication
Phone: (701) 231-7705 • Fax: (701) 231-7784
Physical Address: Minard 338 • N. University Dr. & Centennial Blvd. • Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address: Department #2310 • P.O. Box 6050 • Fargo, ND 58108

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 9:04:46 AM
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