A common challenge for both the national organization and its chapters is the decline in membership recruitment and retention.
Yarbough started caring for her mother after she started having severe medical complications and could no longer live alone. The full-time journalist struggled with the everyday riggers of caring for her aging mother, from dealing with medical care, mobility and other errands.
September 29th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
“We are having a budget crisis,” says outgoing SPJ president
Facing financial trouble due to losses in revenue, The Society of Professional Journalists works to correct the deficit and refocus goals for 2023, 2024.
“If SPJ does not have a conference next year, I worry about the survival of the organization because if you fold up your tent, that is a sign to everybody else that you are in trouble."
“There are a lot of women in newsrooms [now], but they tend to be reporters and not newsroom leaders, so we have to work on that.”
September 28th, 2023 • 2023: Las Vegas
Society of Professional Journalists cancels 2024 conference
The Society of Professional Journalists board voted Wednesday to suspend the annual 2024 journalism conference, a move that SPJ President Claire Regan confirmed was made as a cost-cutting measure. Incoming President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins said it is no secret that SPJ is struggling financially.