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Traditions of SCJ: Service

The traditions of the Society for Collegiate Journalists are imbued with the spirit and legacy of Pi Delta Epsilon and Alpha Phi Gamma. The dominant tradition of the Society, the oldest national honorary collegiate journalism organization, is service.

It is through service that SCJ has become one of the major organizations on many campuses throughout the United States. To the service tradition, the organization owes its enviable record of accomplishments, specifically on the individual campuses.

Because the Society stands for service, membership in it is not to be regarded as an honor in itself, but as an opportunity for rendering greater service. Whatever traditions may accrue to the Society and its membership in the future, none shall ever supplant the tradition of service.

Throughout the nation, chapters of the Society have taken leadership positions in a wide variety of campus movements. Chapters have been credited with establishing collegiate news bureaus, conducting employment campaigns, establishing publicity programs, sponsoring seminars and workshops, giving scholarships and helping establish additional college publications and new communications media, as well as collegiate radio and television stations.

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