SOURCE: Society of Professional Journalists

January 17, 2008 11:21 ET

SPJ-Endorsed Letter Grants Increased Space to Print News Reporters in Capitol Visitors Center

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - Leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists commended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday for granting additional space for print news reporters inside the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington.

In October, SPJ, the Newspaper Association of America, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors sent Pelosi a letter asking for her to make more workspace available to print news reporters who cover Capitol Hill. Recognizing the need to accommodate all journalists, Pelosi graciously offered additional space in the Capitol Visitors Center, specifically for print journalists. The new area, which does not take away from space already allocated to broadcast or multimedia journalists, will seat approximately 37-40 reporters.

"Journalists of all disciplines should be afforded equal opportunity to cover the inner workings of the Congress and our federal government in action," said SPJ President Clint Brewer. "This decision will help Americans better understand their government through an unrestrained and unfettered press."

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For further information about SPJ, please visit www.spj.org.

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