RITUAL OF INITIATION
The SCJ Ritual of Initiation is divided into three
sections. The presiding officer begins the ritual with the "Greeting". The next
officer issues the "Ethics and Practices" oath. Finally, the presiding officer
leads all candidates in the "Pledge".
Greeting (Presiding Officer)
(Presiding Officer and other officers shall be selected by the chapter.
It is recommended that the chapter President and Vice President assume these
roles, or the chapter advisor and President. When a National Council member is a
guest of honor, he or she shall be the presiding officer.)
"As Presiding Officer of this meeting of the Society for Collegiate
Journalists, I greet with pleasure the candidates for admission.
You have been selected to be members of the Society for Collegiate
Journalists because of your achievements in collegiate
publications and broadcasting.
The Society, which is the nationís oldest honorary society for
collegiate mass communications, admits as members only those persons who
exemplify the dignity, personal freedom, and initiative that we believe
are the hallmarks of excellence in collegiate communications.
As a national honorary society for men and women, the Society
attempts to provide its members the opportunity to discuss the
journalistís role and performance, to encourage the standards of good
practice, and to enjoy the rewards of positive contributions to the
betterment of mass communications and the public they serve."
Ethics and Practices (Other Officer)
"Never in the history of mass communications has the role of the
journalist been more important than it is today. The primary world links
are the reports and reflections of the media. These links serve as the
life-blood in disseminating information and commentary to the public,
whether on the campus or in the city, nation, or world.
The Society for Collegiate Journalists challenges you as its newest
members to remain aware of the world around you and to hold high its
standards of ethics and practices, embracing the working principles
conducive to worthwhile and significant journalistic contributions. As a
candidate for initiation you are to repeat the following standards that
the Society believes you as a journalist should uphold:
'I hereby pledge to:
(1) Gather all pertinent news and opinions concerning issues and
events on the campus, striving at all times for accuracy and
(2) Safeguard the freedom of all campus media in order that they be
able to serve the campus community without dictation, coercion, or
In the judgment of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, these
standards represent the highest precepts of enlightened and professional
The Pledge (Presiding Officer)
"The Society now asks you to pledge to pursue only the highest ideals
in one of the most demanding and most difficult professions of our
Will the members now stand and join with the initiates in reciting
'I come before you seeking membership
in the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
I have read and understand
the National Constitution and Bylaws
and pledge to uphold
the ethical standards of this Society.
I also pledge to subscribe willingly
to the practice of freedom of expression
and will guard against
the abuse of this right.
I understand that I am held accountable
for the content of the printed page and broadcast,
and must stand firmly by what I believe
to be right and significant
for the campus community.'
The Society for Collegiate Journalists therefore urges you to value
collegiate mass communications. As a member of the Society, you shall
stand on your honesty of purpose, your belief in the work of the
Society, and your intellectual integrity.
As you sign the Honor Roll, we welcome you into our councils."
(Certificates and pins shall be awarded to each member upon his or her
signing of the Honor Roll.)
End of Ritual