SPJ ASU is a student organization for anyone interested in the news media and First Amendment issues. Students of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, find enrichment and opportunities for networking and skill building unlike any other.

Our Chapter

Our chapter has a history of excellence. Explore all of the exciting opportunities.

Executive Board

President, Jamie Warren

Treasurer of SPJ ASUJamie is a broadcast journalism junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This is her first year serving as president of the ASU chapter, but she has been an active member of SPJ since her freshman year. Her skills include shooting and editing her own video footage, writing and reporting.

Follow Jamie on Twitter @Jamie__Warren

Vice President, Lindsay Ivins

ivins-photo-editedLindsay Ivins is the vice president of the SPJ ASU chapter and is a senior print journalism major and U.S. history minor at Arizona State University, who also focuses on photojournalism as an additional dynamic to her career. She is currently a news reporter for the East Valley Tribune and wishes to work in a small newsroom after her graduation in December 2013. Growing up on a farm in Queen Creek, Ariz., she is very familiar with eastern Arizona and capturing the aspects of farm life and animals. She has a passion for collecting anything Coca-Cola and loves horror films and haunted places, hoping to someday travel to Estes Park, Colo., to tour the infamous Stanley Hotel.

Secretary, Kimberly Linn


Kimberly Linn is a sophomore majoring in public relations at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Last year  she served as the treasurer for the ASU chapter of SPJ. This year she serves as secretary. She enjoys meeting new people and writing.

Events Chairperson, Carolyn Corcoran

Carolyn Carolyn Corcoran is a freshman public relations journalism major at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. She intends to add the B.A./M.M.C. program in her second semester as well as a second major in political science. This is her first year as events chairperson. Her skills include news writing, intercommunications and social media. She aspires to be the Director of Speechwriting for the President. Find Carolyn on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @carolyncorcoran

Membership Chairperson, Cassie Klapp

Membership Chair of SPJ ASUCassie is a junior at ASU and her major is Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. This is her first term as a Membership Chairperson, which she is very excited about. She loves editing video footage for news packages, interviewing, meeting new people and is an aspiring reporter.

Past events

Slice ‘N’ Dice

Come have your résumé diced and grab a slice of pizza!

The Society of Professional Journalists is proud to present Dr. Jamise Liddell of the City of Phoenix, David Olson, public relations specialist, Mary Cook, of the Cronkite School and others who can look at your résumé and give you pointers that you can’t get anywhere else!

This event is open to all, though non-members must take and consider an application for membership.

See you at this FREE event in CRONK 444. Remember to bring three copies of your résumé!

Homeless =/= Voiceless

Homeless =/= Voiceless



Students will visit local St. Vincent de Paul to interview members of the homeless community.

Phoenix, Ariz. November 28, 2011- Arizona State University’s student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists is bringing a voice to the local homeless community. Seven students will spend an entire day at St. Vincent de Paul in downtown Phoenix.

Fundraising with Hooters

Come join SPJ ASU at the Hooters!

1. Get a flyer
2. Come to Hooters at the Arizona Center any time on Tuesday, March 27
3. Give the flyer to the waitress when you order
4. SPJ gets money!

That night the Spurs will be taking on the Suns — great sports bar night!

Flyers will be available from SPJ members.


Membership Application Form

Use the following form to join SPJ. Dues are $47.50, but we will waive the chapter fee until September 20, making dues $37.50. Submit this to an officer of SPJ or join online at SPJ.org

Membership Application


Student Membership

To be a member of SPJ ASU, you become a member of the national organization of SPJ. Any person enrolled in an institution of higher learning is considered a student.

National dues $37.50
Chapter duesWaived before Sept. 20, 2012 $10
Total $47.50

This investment in your future comes to about 13 cents per day.

Freshmen and sophomores

A 4-year student membership to SPJ costs $100, a savings of $50. Local chapter dues are still $10 per year, but receive a waiver for chapter dues this year if you join before September 20, 2012.

Dues payment plan Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
4 years for $100 $100 $10 $10 $10 $130
Year-to-year $47.50 $47.50 $47.50 $47.50 $190

Recent graduates

Those who have graduated from college or graduate school within the past three years can join SPJ at a reduced rate.
One Year Membership $37.50
Three Year membership $75

About SPJ


The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:

  • To promote this flow of information.
  • To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
  • To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
  • To foster excellence among journalists.
  • To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
  • To encourage diversity in journalism.
  • To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
  • To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

Code of Ethics

Download a printable copy: SPJ Code of Ethics


Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.

Seek Truth and Report It

Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Journalists should:

— Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
— Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.
— Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.
— Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.
— Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.
— Never distort the content of news photos or video. Image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible. Label montages and photo illustrations.
— Avoid misleading re-enactments or staged news events. If re-enactment is necessary to tell a story, label it.
— Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information vital to the public. Use of such methods should be explained as part of the story
— Never plagiarize.
— Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.
— Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.
— Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
— Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
— Give voice to the voiceless; official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
— Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.
— Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
— Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.

Minimize Harm

Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

Journalists should:

— Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
— Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
— Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
— Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.
— Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
— Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
— Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
— Balance a criminal suspect’s fair trial rights with the public’s right to be informed.

Act Independently

Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

Journalists should:

—Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
— Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
— Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
— Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
— Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
— Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Be Accountable

Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

Journalists should:

— Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
— Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
— Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
— Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
— Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.


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