Student Clubs

The School of Journalism proudly sponsors several clubs for journalism students interested in taking their learning and involvement beyond the classroom. Please join as soon as possible.  You’ll open yourself to possible fellowships, internships, and scholarships by being a part of these and other organizations!
Need money for club dues? Funds are available to pay for your membership into a national journalism organization: Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists; National Press Photographers Association, Native American Journalism Association, Asian American Journalists Association; sports journalism organizations, Online News Association — you name it! Stop by the Journalism Office in Marshall and pick up the application from Crystal Bumpers. Turn the completed application into Professor Susan Knight.

A brief description of each club follows:

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
The UA’s student chapter of SPJ is the oldest student organization in the School of Journalism. The student chapter of this national organization won regional honors three years in a row for its activities focused on journalism ethics, training, outreach, diversity and freedom of information.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
The student chapter works to increase the recruitment and involvement of young Hispanic journalists and to enable all journalists to better cover their diverse communities. NAHJ-UA works with The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, which in 2012 chose the UA School of Journalism as the exclusive site for its 12-day training to be held every other year in May.

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
The student chapter follows the mission of the national association, to serve and empower Native journalists via activities, education, programs, and actions that will enrich journalism and promote Native cultures.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

This chapter launched here in 2012. The national association  “provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

Asian American Journalists Association (NAJA)

This organization doesn’t have student chapters, but more than a half dozen UA journalism students plan to begin an AAJA group here, joining the Arizona state chapter. These students will participate in the all-clubs leadership training, so watch for announcements about their plans in the JSchool listserve and via notices around the Marshall Building.

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
"The NPPA," according to its website, "is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Founded in the days of sheet film box cameras and newsreels," the organization supports working news photographers, videographers and multimedia journalists.

Sports Journalists
While a national organization of sports journalists does not exist, some journalism students are eager to create an interest club. This club may be associated with the Society of Professional Journalists, as a sports caucus. These students will be participating in the all-clubs leadership training and more information will be forthcoming. Watch the JSchool listserve and notices in the Marshall Building.

Online News Association (ONA)
ONA is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

First Generation (FIRST GEN)

First Gen focuses on first-generation students who can come from families with low incomes — or from middle- or higher-income families without a college-going tradition.

Other organizations of interest: