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SPJ Creates Arab-American Journalist Sub-Group

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SPJ Creates Arab-American Journalist Sub-Group

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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Arab American Journalists Association (NAAJA) are joining forces to create a special sub-group within SPJ for Arab-Americans.

In a joint release Wednesday, the two groups announced that "by providing tips, resources, training, mentoring and related discussion," they will "work together to develop a dialogue that is sure to encourage newsroom diversity, crossover memberships and a greater understanding of cultures within the profession."

Specifically, SPJ will create a special "membership section" for Arab-Americans that will be devoted to issues affecting that group and could become a prototype for other sub-groups.

"This is the first step in a renewed effort by SPJ to reach out to all journalists across different cultures and media," SPJ National President Clint Brewer said in the release. "SPJ wants to foster an atmosphere in the organization where all journalists are welcomed and find value in being a member."

SPJ explained that "the concept of membership sections was introduced in 2006 by the Society's national Board of Directors as a way of furthering member benefits in SPJ. With these special sections, members would be able to connect and interact regularly at professional levels, regardless of the medium in which they work. …

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