The Greater Charlotte chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists received its charter in January 2011 after about 20 years without an active professional SPJ chapter in North Carolina. There are now two professional chapters in the state. Our members include current and retired journalists at media outlets across the Charlotte region, college professors, public relations professionals and others who support journalism.

The Greater Charlotte chapter mirrors the national organization in its mission: SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Like the national organization, Charlotte SPJ also works to encourage diversity and to foster excellence in journalism.

The 2014-14 board of directors are: president Keith Cannon, professor of journalism at Wingate University; vice president April Bethea, online producer at The Charlotte Observer; treasurer Corey Inscoe, high school sports reporter at The Charlotte Observer and secretary Tricia Couture, a freelance writer. The immediate past president is Frank Barrows, former managing editor of The Charlotte Observer.

The chapter holds regular meetings the second Thursday of every month at Leroy Fox, 705 S Sharon Amity Road in Charlotte. Our meetings typically feature Q&A sessions with local journalists. For a list of upcoming and past programs, click here. We hope to have you join us at an upcoming event.

To learn more about the chapter, continue reading our site or send an e-mail to charlottespj@gmail.com