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« on: August 24, 2009, 03:17:27 PM »


As amended October 6, 2007


The Society of Professional Journalists was founded at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, on April 17, 1909, as Sigma Delta Chi, an honorary journalistic fraternity. Its growth was along professional lines, and by action of the National Convention at Columbia, Missouri, in 1916, it was established as a professional journalistic organization.

NOTE: Sections marked (TR-trust) are included in and form a part of the legal agreement between the Society and trustees of the Quill Endowment Fund.


We do hereby establish and ordain these Bylaws of the Society of Professional Journalists, which seeks to unite journalists of talent, truth and energy in good fellowship; to assist the members in living up to the noblest principles of journalism; and to advance the standards of journalism by: TAKING ACTION to help safeguard First Amendment guarantees and ensure freedom of information, FOSTERING adherence to a code of ethical principles, CREATING opportunities for professional development, ENCOURAGING diversity in coverage and staffing at all levels of the profession, thus increasing journalismís value as a democratic institution.

Name and Scope
Section One. The name of this organization shall be: Society of Professional Journalists.

Section Two. The Society is an organization of persons who are engaged in directing the editorial policy or editing and preparing news and editorial content of independent news media products, or students engaged in the study of these skills and journalism educators.

Motto and Watchword
Section One. The motto of this Society shall be: They Serve Best Who Serve the Truth.

Section Two. The watchwords of this Society shall be: Talent, Truth, Energy.

-----> The bylaws are very long & cannot be published here. Go HERE to view the PDF. <-----

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