Society of Professional Journalists

The TCU student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists adheres to the same mission as the national organization – now at more than 10,000 members – which was founded more than 100 years ago: to encourage the free practice of journalism and to practice high standards of ethical behavior in the course of that practice.

The TCU chapter offers students journalists from every facet of the profession the opportunities through meetings, activities and support to learn more about professional trends and how to apply that knowledge. And the chapter also provides funding for member students for education-related travel, training, and learning opportunities.

Student SPJ members also earn a substantial discount when entering SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards contests. In the past five years, TCU student journalists or their publications have won six first place or national finalists awards, which signifies the top two runners-up positions, in the national MOE magazine, website, design and feature writing competition.

The TCU chapter, like other student chapters at universities in the DFW area, is also closely aligned with the Fort Worth professional SPJ chapter, which offers student SPJ members discounted rates for its monthly meetings and workshops, and the student chapter meetings, the Fort Worth chapter’s regular meetings and the area workshops also provide opportunities for student journalists to network with professionals from the abundance of news organizations in the Metroplex.

To be a part of the TCU SPJ chapter, you can join online; national dues are $36 for students, and add $10 for the TCU chapter fee, which will be reimbursed to the chapter. For more information on SPJ, its mission and what it offers members, visit the national SPJ website, www.spj.org. For more information about the TCU SPJ chapter, contact chapter adviser Robert Bohler.