Society of Professional Journalists (USA)

The Society of Professional Journalists was founded in 1909 as part of the original Sigma Delta Chi fraternity. The group's charter is to promote and advocate for freedom of the press and to develop and promote ethical standards within the media. With a large membership of well over 10,000 journalists, media executives and academic personnel, the SPJ is one of the influential journalistic organizations in the world, and they are heavily involved in educating future journalists on the First Amendment and the protections guaranteed by this document. They are also instrumental when it comes to providing seminars and training programs related to the rights and ethical responsibilities of journalists. They have access to a defense fund that is used to assist individuals or media groups whose freedom of the press rights are being threatened or diminished. The organization's "Code of Ethics", which was developed in 1926, is still used as an authoritative guideline for matters related to journalistic practices. Membership is provided with many conduits for the exchange of resources and information.

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