The Slovene Association of Journalists was founded in 1905 and has since undergone many organisational changes. The Association aims to develop a standard quality of information in the public realm, to support independence and engagement of journalists and media, to maintain ethics around freedom of speech within a framework of human rights and civil society, to protect professional journalism and the status of journalists and to co-operate with journalist organisations both at home and abroad. Since the promulgation of the new Mass Media Law in 2001 the Association has concentrated on defending and improving the status of journalism and journalistic space together with its constituent elements.
The Slovene Association of Journalists collaborates closely with the Union of Slovene Journalists in the joint management of the Journalists’ Ethics Council (Novinarsko častno razsodišče - NČR) and has been working with the Union of Slovene Journalists to establish a new Slovene Journalism Centre.
The Association confers the Journalist Awards for professional journalism, including photography.
The Association is a full member of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).