Please Join Us! Become an SPJ Member

For more than 100 years the Society of Professional Journalists has been dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press. We invite you to join us today.

Make a solid investment in yourself and your profession by joining the Society of Professional Journalists. Membership in SPJ is an affordable, rewarding experience that puts you at the forefront of industry happenings, locally and nationally.

SPJ has been an industry leader for more than a century, and some of its activities may surprise you. Although your rights as a journalist are guaranteed under the First Amendment, the Society of Professional Journalists, both nationally and through local chapters, fights and wins battles for Freedom of Information and First Amendment rights that might not otherwise be fought at all. As a result of SPJ’s grass-roots activism, we are able to address vital issues confronting today’s working journalist.

Professional Opportunities and Discounted Services for SPJ Members:

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These benefits add value to your SPJ membership! Simply inform the following vendors that you are part of the Society of Professional Journalists and receive these special offers.

Insurance and financial services:
– SPJ Health Insurance Marketplace
– Life insurance, accident insurance and identity theft protection through MetLife
– Individual financial services benefits offered to SPJ members
– Apply now for the SPJ Visa® card
– Geico

Travel and car rental discounts:
– Discounts from Wyndham, Avis, Budget, Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn

Additional discounts:
– Discounted AP Stylebook
– Office Depot and OfficeMax

Membership Dues and Details:

Renew your dues or initiate membership in the Society of Professional Journalists, the world’s largest, most broad-based member organization for new professionals.

National Dues Categories:
Professional – $75
Spends more than half of working time as a journalists or editor.

Retired – $37.50
Retired (62 or older) professional journalist or journalism educator.

Associate – $94
Supports the SPJ mission but does not qualify as either of the above.

Household – $37.50
Shares living quarters with an SPJ professional member.

College student / postgraduate – $37.50
From freshman through three years after graduation.

Lifetime – $1,000
Enjoy a lifetime membership in SPJ. Local chapter dues not included. $1,000.

Local Dues:
Central Ohio Professional Chapter – $15

Additional Information:

Attention Newsrooms: A Newsroom Membership is the best way to show a commitment to producing high-quality, ethical journalism. It shows you support the missions of SPJ and gives your staff the opportunity to become part of the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism association. For more information, visit this page.

Attention journalism educators and students: Becoming a Collegiate Institutional Member in SPJ is one of the easiest ways your school can demonstrate to students (and parents) its commitment to producing the best journalists possible. Furthermore, it will help expose students to the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership organization for journalists — augmenting their experience and journalism education. Please encourage your school to join SPJ as a Collegiate Institutional Member.

Membership Form:
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Monthly payment plan now available:
We’re excited to offer you the option to pay your membership dues on a monthly reoccurring basis. If you’d like to take advantage of this benefit, please contact Sarah Beck at 317-927-8000, ext. 212. Please note: There is a small service fee for this option.

Membership expired? Your username and password are no longer active. Please call 317-927-8000, ext. 203, for assistance in renewing your membership.

For questions or more information, write or call:

SPJ headquarters
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208-4045
Phone: 317/927-8000

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