East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists

About our Chapter

[Updated 7/7/08]

The East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (ETSPJ) draws membership from all of East Tennessee and is based in Knoxville. The area defined as East Tennessee comprises Scott, Morgan, Cumberland, Bledsoe and Hamilton counties and the Tennessee counties east of them.

We are dedicated to the free practice of journalism in the United States, and to encouraging and maintaining high standards for ethical behavior. We offer professional support for media practitioners, a regional voice in journalism advocacy, and provide a link for local members to maintain contact with nearly 10,000 SPJ members nationwide.

ETSPJ has received a number of national awards, most recently including two 2006-2007 Circle of Excellence Awards: in professional development activities and continuing education programs, and in promoting diversity among journalists.  We previously were awarded the Circle of Excellence Award in Professional Development for the 2005-2006 year and the year before that we were named Outstanding Small Professional Chapter for Region 3 and received the Circle of Excellence Award, Small Chapter, for Campus Relations and Scholarship at the 2005 national convention.  We qualify once again in 2007-2008 as a Four Star Chapter, continuing a multi-year tradition of excellence in achieving all the guidelines National SPJ sets for chapters.

Our meetings provide a forum for voices in the East Tennessee community and create opportunities for members to connect with local and state newsmakers. Our programs are designed to be informative and educational as we explore current issues facing media professionals.

We support journalism education through scholarship awards given to students attending The University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Funding for the awards comes from The Front Page Follies, an annual roast of people and events in the news. The 2008 performance is scheduled for July 19 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Our annual Golden Press Card Competition promotes the chapter and the profession as we showcase the work of print and broadcast journalists from East Tennessee. Entries for work published in print or on the Web or broadcast were judged by the Greater Cincinnati SPJ chapter and the winners were honored at an awards banquet May 9, 2008, at The Foundry in Knoxville. The winners are listed on the GPC winners page to the right.  Congratulations to all!

Any media professional or member of the public is welcome to attend chapter programs. Membership in ETSPJ provides benefits like newsletter mailings and discounts on any program registration fees, award entries, DVDs of the Front Page Follies performance, etc.  Please see the Join page to the right.

For more information, contact us by e-mail at etspj.communications@gmail.com.

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