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The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Chapter is dedicated to the promotion of high standards of journalism and fellowship among all professional journalists. This chapter works to serve Western Washington journalists from the Canadian border down to Vancouver, Washington through programming, awards, scholarships, and education. While this chapter does not take in dues or income from the national or regional organization, we are considered part of SPJ, the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 7,500 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts. 

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