Join SPJ

Thank you for your interest in joining the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists!

If you’re already convinced that joining SPJ is the right thing to do and/or the best decision ever, follow the instructions below.

If you need more convincing about why you should join, click here.

To join or renew your national and local chapter membership:

1. Join online here.
This site will allow you to join SPJ at an annual cost of $75 or less, depending on your age and education, and pay our annual chapter dues of $10. Once you type in your city, the site will let you choose a chapter.
Select San Diego SPJ, and you will automatically join our chapter.

2. Download this form and mail to:

Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Or fax: (317) 920-4789

3. Request an application by mail here.

To renew your membership, click here.

Still need convincing? Here are our reasons you should join:

Our chapter sponsors panels, training sessions and social events that culminate in an annual awards contest and banquet.

This past year, we trained our members to cover campaigns and wildfires, encrypt email addresses, and better understand civil lawsuits and legal issues, among other professional development programs and networking opportunities. We paired “All the President’s Men” with craft beer at our first-ever movie night, hosted journalism mixers, awarded our annual Sunshine Award to Southwestern College professor Max Branscomb, recognized excellence by professional and college journalists at our banquet and gave out scholarships to three San Diego County journalism students.

We also helped local journalists and the public with First Amendment issues, promoted access to public records and government meetings, and retained a lawyer with other organizations to force the reluctant release of a college recommendation letter written by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for the son of a Mexican billionaire accused of illegally donating to Dumanis’ and others campaigns.

Members stay informed and in the loop on relevant subjects – and get discounted entry fees for our annual awards contest.