Renaming SPJ the “Society for Professional Journalism”
Submitted by: Region 3 director Michael Koretzky, SPJ Florida president Dori Zinn, SPJ Georgia president Ellen Eldridge, SPJ Louisiana president Sergy Odiduro, SPJ FAU president Emily Bloch, SPJ national past president/SDX board member Mac McKerral*, SPJ Membership Committee member Brandon Ballenger, SPJ Florida past president Jason Parsley, SPJ Georgia past president Sharon Dunten, SPJ Lewis First Amendment Award winner Michele Boyet, former SPJ national board member Gideon Grudo, SPJ Florida treasurer Christopher Persaud, and you?
* Winner of the Wells Key, SPJ’s highest honor
WHEREAS SPJ had nearly 10,000 members a decade ago and has less than 6,800 today, and the decline continues;
WHEREAS SPJ’s name does not accurately reflect its current membership because many members – and even some national board members – are not professional journalists but avidly support professional journalism and;
WHEREAS SPJ is pushing for a new “supporters” membership class to bolster its numbers and budget, and such a name would make more sense and make marketing the category much easier and;
WHEREAS other organizations strengthen their advocacy by identifying a cause instead of a profession, such as the National Organization for Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and;
WHEREAS a similar name would give SPJ more lobbying power with local, state, and national lawmakers who might not favor a free press and;
WHEREAS RTDNA made a much more drastic name change in 2009, and the total cost was only in the hundreds of dollars, and SPJ’s webmaster says SPJ’s website can be updated in a single day;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that SPJ rename itself the Society for Professional Journalism starting as soon as the articles, bylaws, policies and guidelines permit.