What We Stand For
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
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.
More: The Society's Place On the Local Campus