Membership Organizations for Journalists
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Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
“Supporting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in journalism, encouraging news diversity.”
American Society of Journalists and Authors
“ASJA's mission is to be the voice and career resource for independent, entrepreneurial, professional nonfiction writers. Since 1948 ASJA has been giving freelance writers the confidence and connections to prosper.”
NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
"Set up by Vaughan Smith in 2003 in honour of colleagues at the Frontline News Television agency who died pursuing their work... [The Frontline Club] exists to promote freedom of expression and support journalists, cameramen and photographers who risk their lives in the course of their work. Whether it’s eating, drinking and conversation, or debate, training and film, the Frontline Club offers everything you could want from a media club."
Frontline Freelance Register
"Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is run by freelancers, for freelancers. FFR is open to actively working, international freelance foreign and conflict journalists who take physical risks in their work, and sign up to the Code of Conduct. We aim to provide members with representation and a sense of community, vital in this fragmented profession." Includes Resources.
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
“The IFJ is the global voice of journalists. It represents more than 600,000 journalists and has over 179 affiliated organizations in 139 countries.”
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
“An organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.”
National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
“National organization dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry.”
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
“Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.”
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
"Dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism – its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution - in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service."
Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
“The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. For nearly 30 years, NAJA has remained committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists working in media, while encouraging both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.”
New York Newswomen’s Club
“Established in 1922, The Newswomen’s Club of New York is the only professional organization exclusively for women journalists in the New York metropolitan area. Our membership includes women who work in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, photography and new media. As the news industry undergoes rapid change, we strive to uphold the values that are the hallmarks of good journalism, maintaining the public trust.”
Overseas Press Club of America (OPC)
"The Overseas Press Club of America was founded in 1939 in New York by a group of foreign correspondents. The OPC seeks to maintain an international association of journalists working in the United States and abroad; to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news; to help educate a new generation of journalists; to contribute to the freedom and independence of journalists and the press throughout the world, and to work toward better communication and understanding among people."
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
"The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ 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."