About Colorado SPJ
Colorado Pro Chapter’s mission is to promote the association of journalists in Colorado; to further the ethics and ideals of the profession; to advance, develop and formally recognize higher standards of journalism; to stimulate social and intellectual exchange between members of the press; to raise public awareness of the profession; to promote the development of future journalists from the ranks of high school and college students; and to promote the spirit of fellowship among journalists and civic responsibility to the community.
The Colorado chapter achieves these goals by organizing monthly mixers, programming where experienced journalists teach their craft to others, forums where members of the press share their thoughts and an annual contest that recognizes excellence in the field.
The SPJ Colorado chapter was founded in 1949, holding most of its meetings at the venerable Denver Press Club. The chapter was organized on Oct. 13 that year, principally through the efforts of William Kostka Sr., who presided over the first meeting, and Palmer Hoyt, then publisher of The Denver Post.
Both Hoyt and Kostka were recipients of the Society’s Wells Key award in recognition of their service to the national organization. Hoyt served two terms as national president. Houstoun Waring, editor emeritus of the Littleton Independent and a longtime chapter member, was selected a Fellow of the Society in 1959.
Code of ethics Preamble:
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.
Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice.