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Society of professional journalists and the first code of ethics

Posted by: | October 4, 2012 | No Comment |

The Society of Professional Journalists adopted the very first code of ethics and made journalism more credible than ever.

The SPJ was founded in 1909 at DePauw University in Greenville, Indiana.  At that time it was the Sigma Delta Chi fraternity.  The society is now a professional organization for print, online and broadcast journalists, students, educators and more that are in the field of journalism or aspire towards the career.

The SPJ made history in journalism in many areas including the first code of ethics.  They adopt a new code every few years to make it better and revise it.  The first President who helped form the first code was Laurence H. Sloan.

Sloan also won the first Wells Memorial Key in 1913 which is still given by the SPJ today.  From that point on the SPJ continued to develop and create and give more awards making journalists everywhere continue to strive for greatness.

Without the SPJ, journalism would not be what it is today.  There would be no structure or correctness of journalism and stories.  The SPJ is only going to continue to grow as long as journalism exists.

Recent version of the Code of Ethics

Photo Credit:http://www.spj.org/a-wellsmem.asp

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