Journalism Ethics Assistant (temporary)

Society of Professional Journalists, Indianapolis, Indiana

Date Posted February 11, 2021
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Other
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Temporary
Salary Not Specified


Journalism Ethics Assistant (temporary)

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based membership association for journalists. We are dedicated to the preservation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To accomplish this, SPJ hires smart, energetic individuals who are determined to improve the Society’s offerings and operations while also making a name for themselves.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST Feb. 26

Reports to: Director of Journalism Ethics and Diversity

Basic Function:

The Journalism Ethics Assistant performs duties to advance the understanding and practice of journalism ethics and create discussions and activities that advocate and explain the need for more diverse, inclusive and culturally sensitive newsrooms. This person works alongside the Director to lead fast-paced and innovative projects that meet the objectives of the Ethics Response Program.


– Oversee SPJ’s hotlines for race, gender and ethics, including organizing and maintaining archives of responses.
– Find or produce content for SPJ’s ethics web page.
– Create and post content to web pages and social media accounts.
– Keep abreast of issues in journalism ethics and newsroom diversity.
– Contribute to conversations important to journalism ethics and newsroom diversity.
– Help find positive uses of the SPJ Code of Ethics and instances when use of the code could have provided a better outcome.
– Assist SPJ efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the Code of Ethics and encourage its use in higher education and professional newsrooms.
– Work collaboratively with colleagues focused on other areas, such as communications, education, technology and Quill magazine.
– Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

– Self-motivated, proactive, detail-oriented, receptive to feedback and learns quickly.
– Excellent written, proofreading and research skills.
– Proficient using social media, website, word processing and spreadsheet applications.
– Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a virtual environment.
– Background or interest in journalism preferred.
– Ability to manage multiple tasks, remain organized and meet deadlines.
– Outgoing and confident with a willingness to take initiative and work cooperatively with others.
– Strong work ethic and a positive attitude are a must.

Preferred Qualifications:

– Prior experience with a news organization or journalism organization.
– Prior SPJ experience.
– College graduate or pursuing a graduate degree.

Other Details:

– SPJ is headquartered in Indianapolis, but this position works remotely.
– This is a one-year position, which could be renewed.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to Linda Hall at Please type “Journalism Ethics Assistant” in the subject line.


The Society of Professional Journalists is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. SPJ will apply its diversity mission to hiring with a written policy and approach to:

— Actively seek diverse candidates
— Advertise broadly
— Craft job descriptions to be inclusive
— Include diverse candidates within the interview pool

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