What is UK SPJ?

The University of Kentucky has an historic chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, founded back in 1928. We are a student chapter of the national SPJ organization and strive to focus on the mission and goals of the national SPJ, while attempting to "inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.”

The campus chapter was chartered in 1928, the year that the national organization opened its first national headquarters and two years after it adopted its first Code of Ethics. It was chartered as the Kentucky chapter, the first in the state; there was no professional chapter in Kentucky until 1953, when the Louisville Chapter was founded. That chapter’s history says its members (not the chapter) “were among the moving figures in re-establishing the undergraduate chapter at the University of Kentucky after World War II,” so it appears that the UK chapter, through alums, helped give birth to the Louisville chapter.


UK chapter charter for SPJ

Above is a photocopy of the original UK Chapter charter that hangs in the Maggie Room of the Grehan Journalism Building

What do we do?

Through the guidance of advisers Al Cross, former SPJ National President (2000-2001), and Dr. Mike Farrell we are here as a resource for students aspiring to be journalist. We put on creative programs each semester, on current issues that effect journalists both nationally, or even as locally as the Kentucky Kernel, UK's independent student newspaper. There are ample opportunities to network and meet other apiring journalists and other prominate figures in the journalistic world.

Your role!

You can have a role in our chapter! We want aspiring journalists who are open and ready. If you have any ideas of a program you would like to see put on, we'd love to hear from you and have you help in the planning of the event. With the great journalism program at UK we know there are many great students who will fit perfectly into this historic chapter and help the chapter grow.