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Student Organizations

Students in the School of Journalism & Media Studies have many opportunities to get involved with organizations that will prepare them for their professional careers while giving them leadership opportunities in college.

Society of Professional Journalists
The Society of Professional Journalists is 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 10,000 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.



Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA)

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a nationally recognized pre-professional organization founded by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 1968, with the Frederick C. Whitney Chapter at San Diego State University founded in 1971. PRSSA cultivates a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. Today, the organization has reached more than 9,600 members in 300 Chapters on college campuses across the country.

Our mission is to serve our members by enhancing their knowledge of public relations, provide access to professional development opportunities and serve the public relations profession by helping to develop highly qualified well-prepared professionals.



National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

The SDSU chapter of NAHJ works at a local level in tandem with the San Diego chapter and the national organization. The chapter is open to all students, regardless of identity, and adheres to the same mission statement and goals as NAHJ:
  • To organize and provide support for Hispanic Journalists.
  • To encourage and support the study and practices of journalism and communications by Hispanics.
  • To promote accurate and fair treatment of Hispanics by the news media.
  • To further employment opportunities and career development for Hispanics in the news media.
  • To foster greater understanding of the unique cultural identity, interests and concerns of Hispanic Journalists.

La Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos (NAHJ por sus siglas en inglés) se dedica a fomentar el reconocimiento y desarrollo profesional de los hispanos en los medios de difusión. Desde su fundación en abril de 1984, NAHJ ha provisto una voz nacional y una visión unida para todos los periodistas de origen hispano.

El capítulo de NAHJ de SDSU trabaja a nivel local en tándem con el capítulo de San Diego y la organización nacional. El capítulo está abierto a todos los estudiantes, independientemente de su identidad, y se adhiere a la misma declaración de misión y objetivos como NAHJ:
  • Organizar y ofrecer apoyo a periodistas hispanos.
  • Alentar y respaldar el estudio y la práctica del periodismo y las comunicaciones por parte de los hispanos.
  • Promover un trato justo y ecuánime de los hispanos en los medios de información.
  • Potenciar las oportunidades de empleo y el desarrollo laboral de los hispanos en los medios de difusión.
  • Fomentar un mayor entendimiento de la idiosincrasia, intereses e inquietudes de los periodistas hispanos.
    Si usted está interesado en unirse a nuestro capítulo o es un miembro de los medios de comunicación que necesitan información, por favor póngase en contacto con el asesor del capítulo, el Dr. Nathian Shae Rodriguez en nsrodriguez@sdsu.edu

    Facebook Page:NAHJ Facebook
    Twitter:NAHJ Twitter
    Instagram: NAHJ Instagram