Society for Collegiate Journalists


The Society for Collegiate Journalists is a national honor society whose purpose is to:

  • Improve the quality of student media at the college level,
  • Teach the ethics, techniques and mechanics of such media and encourage student participation,
  • Promote the understanding of and the support of freedom of student expression, including freedom of speech and press for all college students.

The NCSU chapter is an honorary, service-oriented organization that promotes journalism on campus and strives to create an environment that will encourage an exchange of ideas among members of the campus community.

The chapter sponsors various activities to increase campus awareness of media-related issues, especially those centered around the First Amendment and the Freedom of Information Act.


Founded in 1919 when Pi Delta Epsilon merged with Aplha Phi Gamma, the Society for Collegiate Journalists is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious organization dedicated to college journalists. The organization comprises about 800 active members in 80 active chapters.

Each year, the National Council opens up submissions for a national awards contest, including the Medal of Merit Certificate, Presidential Citation and the SCJ Student Journalist of the Year.

Local chapters, including the N.C. State Chapter for the Society of Collegiate Journalists, sponsor seminars, events and information distribution throughout the year to inform their campuses about topics related to journalism.

How to Join:

While we would love to accept all people who aspire to venture out on journalistic endeavors, you must meet all of the following requirements in order to be a part of SCJ:

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • One semester in Student Media
  • Current, active member of N.C. State Student Media

After you’ve met those requirements, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Submit a 500-word essay on the role of journalism and the journalist on the college campus.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a peer and/or adviser. This recommendation may come from a current SCJ member.
  • At the SCJ interview, present a brief statement that explains why you have applied for membership, what qualifications and expertise you offer, and how you will serve and benefit the N.C. State Chapter of SCJ.

Applications are accepted at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters.


If you have any questions regarding the N.C. State Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, don’t hesitate to contact us:

  • E-Mail
    • SCJ President: ***
    • SCJ Chapter Adviser: Martha Collins
    • Student Media Adviser: Patrick Neal
  • Snail Mail
    • N.C. State Chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists
    • c/o N.C. State Student Media
    • 321 Witherspoon, CB 7318
    • Raleigh, NC 27695
    • Phone (919) 515-1685
    • Fax (919/515-5133

Current Members:

  • Inez Nicholson, President
  • Molly Donovan, Secretary
  • Gavin Stone
  • Andrew Nantais
  • Gabe DeCaro
  • Mary Anna Rice
  • Kat Kirby
  • Luis Zapata