Welcome!

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The East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists welcomes you to learn about our efforts to further the SPJ mission of encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Please browse our site to learn more about our professional development opportunities, social functions, our annual Golden Press Card Awards to honor excellence in East Tennessee journalism, and our annual fundraising send-up of area news faux pas and foibles, the Front Page Follies.

We support journalism education through scholarship awards given to students attending The University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Technical Community College. Funding for the awards comes from The Front Page Follies, an annual roast of people and events in the news.

Our annual Golden Press Card Awards competition promotes the chapter and the profession as we showcase the work of print and broadcast journalists from East Tennessee.

Any media professional or member of the public is welcome to attend chapter programs. Students and recent graduates are eligible for a discounted membership fee, as are multiple members in the same household. Membership in ETSPJ provides discounts on program registration fees, award entries, DVDs of the Front Page Follies performance, etc.  Chapter membership is $10, in addition to the national membership fee. To join, please click HERE and list “East Tennessee Pro” as your chapter.