Towson University Chapter
Society of 
Professional Journalists
Improving & Protecting Journalism
What is SPJ?
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization. SPJ is a not-for-profit organization of journalists dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism; stimulating high standards of ethical behavior; and perpetuating a free press.
Why join SPJ?
It is for students who are currently studying or planning to work in the areas of print, broadcast, or online journalism. 
Membership Info 
To join SPJ, contact Prof. Kimberly Lauffer at ext. 4-2889 or by email at We have an affiliation with the MD Pro Chapter, which helps defray the costs of joining. Information about that can be found here.
Contact Prof. Beth Haller at

SPJ chapter helps with Journalism Day
 Brian Stelter
 Brian Stelter, News Editor of The Towerlight  and a TU SPJ officer, teaches a session for High School Journalism Day 2004 on how how high school newspapers can create online versions of their publications.  

The SPJ chapter members who are Towerlight editors taught another session for High School Journalism Day on student newspaper management.  The October event, which is in its fourth year, drew about 175 high school students and their publication advisers from around Maryland.  The Towson University SPJ chapter also provides service to the high school journalism community by helping advise a high school newspaper in Baltimore. For more information on High School Journalism Day, visit

Towerlight wins five SPJ regional awards
TOWSON, Md. (April 9, 2005) –  The Towerlight staff won five Region 2 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence awards, including three first place wins for Lisa Johnson in the categories of General News Photography, Feature Photography, and Photo Illustration. Johnson won a second place for Sports Photography. Luke Brietzke won a third place in the Sports Column category.

MD Pro SPJ Chapter offers annual scholarship for Maryland college students
The MD Pro chapter sponsors a scholarship for college students from Maryland. Applicants must have regular home residence in the State of Maryland, but may attend colleges or universities outside Maryland in nearby Virginia, D.C. or Pennsylvania. The annual deadline for the scholarship is May 9. Full guidelines are available here

Links to Towson University student media
The Towerlight student newspaper 

WTMD-89.7, The Towson campus radio station 

WMJF-TV 61, The Towson campus TV station 

General Journalism Links
National SPJ

Maryland Pro SPJ Chapter

Maryland Media Map 

The Jobs in Journalism Page 

MDDC Press Association

Maryland Public Information and Open Meetings Acts

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Security on Campus

Ethics resources

Student Press Law Center

Radio-TV News Directors Association

Investigative Reporters & Editors

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting