The Madison Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been providing professional development and informational programming for Madison Wisconsin area journalists for more than 20 years.

Madison’s history with SPJ goes back almost to the beginning of the Society of Professional Journalists, although its early years are associated with the student chapter of SPJ.

SPJ began in 1909 as  Sigma Delta Chi, a journalism fraternity, at DePauw University. The University of Wisconsin was the 9th chapter to affiliate, during 1911-1912. The second national Sigma Delta Chi convention was held in Madison in May, 1913. The Madison chapter president, Chester C. Wells, was elected national president at that convention, and graduated in June.

Chester Wells served Sigma Delta Chi for only a few months. He contracted a throat infection, was hospitalized, and died unexpectedly on September 1, 1913. To this day, the Wells Memorial Key, is the highest honor that SPJ bestows on a member


To get involved, please reach out by email.

Member benefits include:

  • Access to local training

  • Student and professional networking

  • Career support

Local members do not pay dues. National memberships range from $37.50 for students to $75 for professionals per year. Two- and three-year memberships are available, as are monthly payments.

Benefits for nationals members include the items above, in addition to the following:

  • Journalism advocacy

  • Discounted rates for SPJ conferences and awards

  • Webinars, a freelancer directory, and more!

For more information, visit SPJ's website.

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