GET INVOLVED IN NJ-SPJ.
- Become a full-fledged member of NJ-SPJ. To do this, you’ll need to join our parent organization, the Society of Professional Journalists as a professional, student or retired journalist.
- Become an SPJ supporter. (Please note: SPJ supporters are not eligible for the member discount for the NJ-SPJ contest.)
- Sign up for the NJ-SPJ newsletter to keep up with what’s happening in our chapter.
- If you’d like to learn more about our organization, serve as a volunteer judge in our annual contest or get updates about upcoming board meetings, email chapter president Miriam Ascarelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization that has been improving and protecting journalism since 1909.
We’re an active chapter, and we are proud of our work supporting journalists, defending the First Amendment and advocating for open government here in our state. In just the last few months, we spoke out against a temporary injunction facing Isaac Avilucea of The Trentonian ; objected to a search warrant issued against New Brunswick Today and waged a vigorous campaign against a bill in the state legislature which would have eliminated the requirement that legal ads run in newspapers. We also work closely with our sister organization, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, to monitor and advocate for transparency in government in the Garden State.
In 2016, we also created a New Jersey registry of historic sites in journalism; sent a letter of support for journalist Amy Goodman when she faced potential jail time after a “riot” charge was leveled against her for her reporting at Standing Rock (the charge was later dismissed); and continued to organize our annual Excellence in Journalism contest to recognize the best of New Jersey journalism.
Looking ahead to spring, we’re planning two journalism training events: one, a partnership with Google Labs on Feb. 11 at Brookdale Community College, and another on April 22 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. We’ll also continue to monitor legislative initiatives and court cases in the state which impact journalism.
However, if we are to continue this work, we need your help. Join us as we fight the good fight to make journalism in New Jersey better for everyone!