- Society of Professional Journalists
Welcome. You’ve found the Society of Professional
Journalists student chapter at the University of South Carolina.
As the largest journalism organization at the University,
SPJ exists for students. From panel discussions with some
of the most respected people in the business to in-house
resume workshops, SPJ’s programming is designed for
and scheduled by students.
Founded as Sigma Delta Chi at DePauw University in 1909,
the first chapter’s mission was simple: define journalism
as a profession with a distinct code of ethics and respect
for accuracy in reporting. While it is now considered a profession,
journalists’ credibility around the nation has significantly
eroded and the SPJ code of ethics stills shines as a beacon
of light in a murky world of copiers, fakers and liars with
all kinds of media credentials.
In Spring 2006, we spearheaded an ethics campaign for the
School of Journalism by printing a “Wall of Shame” and
other anti-plagiarism messages, in addition to bringing SPJ
President Dave Carlson to lecture on the state of the industry.
This Fall, SPJ hopes to be an even greater resource to students
through our quality programming and networking opportunities,
but also as a navigational tool for aspiring students and
journalists about SPJ’s Code of Ethics.
Come in, see what USC SPJ is all about.