The Society of Professional Journalists faces a 'dire situation'

'If we don’t change our thinking, the next incoming president will be the last president.'


The Society of Professional Journalists, known for decades as the oldest and largest professional organization for journalists, is facing an identity crisis on top of a financial one.

The flow of membership and conference revenue has slowed to a trickle and the organization’s outgoing treasurer describes the financial situation as “dire.” Maybe more importantly, SPJ is grappling internally with its role as journalists seem drawn to more niche professional organizations, the field involved in First Amendment advocacy has grown more crowded, and a sprawling state-chapter system appears unsuited for the digital age.

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