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Better Know A Media Org: NPC

npc-logo.jpgToday’s organization: National Press Club (NPC)

About the organization:

The National Press Club has been a part of Washington life for nearly 100 years. Through its doors have come all of the Presidents of the United States since Theodore Roosevelt, as well as kings and queens, prime ministers, premiers, senators, congressmen, cabinet officials, ambassadors, scholars, entertainers, business leaders, and athletes. Its members have included all of the Presidents of the United States since Warren Harding and most have spoken from the Club’s podium.

Number of members:4,000

To join, you must:

“Active Members are generally editorial members of the ‘working press,’ college-level journalist instructors and published non-fiction authors.

You’ll get:
Career enhancement and research assistance
Job listings
Networking events (Washington, DC only)
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Varies based on your location, type of membership, and age. Student memberships are $185 yearly, while active memberships in the DC area range from $209 to $550 a year, plus a $100-$150 initiation fee.

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: NASW

nasw_logo.pngToday’s organization: National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

About the organization:
The NASW exists to promote “the free flow of science news.” Its members are freelancers and staff writers at “most of the major newspapers, wire services, magazines, and broadcast outlets in the country. It also welcomes members who are the public information officers on science from government labs, universities, and other institutions.”

Number of members:2,600+

To join, you must:

For regular membership, submit five samples of work you produced for a lay audience in the past five years; you must include the publication or airing dates for each entry. Also, submit the names of two NASW members to sponsor you.

You’ll get:
Job leads
Workshops
Free website hosting
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
$75 for U.S. regular membership
$80 for Canadian regular membership
$90 for other foreign regular membership
$35 for U.S. student membership
$40 for foreign student membership

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: NAHJ

nahj.pngToday’s organization: National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

About the organization:

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

Number of members:2,300

To join, you must:
Be a working journalist, student, or supporter.

You’ll get:
Discounted convention entry
Job bank
Resume referral service
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Full Membership $75
Associate Membership $75
Student Membership $35
Academic Membership $75
Individual Membership $110

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: NABJ

nabj_logo1.gifToday’s organization: National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

About the organization:

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.

Number of members: 3,300

To join, you must:
Be a working journalist, a student, or a journalism teacher.

You’ll get:
Job bank
Classes
Discounted entry to annual convention
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Full Membership $100
Emeritus/Retired Full Membership $79
Associate Membership $75
Student Membership $40
High School Membership $35

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: IABC

iabc.pngToday’s organization: International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

About the organization:

Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of over 15,500 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. Our members hold positions in:

  • Public relations/Media relations
  • Corporate communications
  • Public affairs
  • Investor relations
  • Government relations
  • Marketing communication
  • Community relations
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Training
  • Advertising
  • Photography and video production
  • Graphic design
  • Human resources
  • Teaching

Number of members: 15,500

To join, you must:
Be an active business communicator or interested in becoming one.

You’ll get:
Networking online and in person
Job search assistance
Member discounts on books and events
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Varies by location; in the United States, starts at $237 yearly. There is a $40 new-member fee (except not in September).

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: Freelancers Union

freelancers_union_logo.gifToday’s organization: Freelancers Union

About the organization:
If you live in New York City, chances are you’ve seen the Freelancers Union ads on the subway. But even if you don’t live in NYC, as long as you’re a freelance anything (not just media), you can join for free.

Number of members: 100,000

To join, you must:
Just fill out the form.

You’ll get:
Health/dental
Networking
Listing in the Member Directory
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Nothing

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: EFA

the-efa.pngToday’s organization: Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

About the organization:

EFA members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties….[it is] the largest and oldest national professional organization dedicated to supporting your freelance career and offering you a variety of benefits and opportunities.

The organization has chapters nationally. More than half of EFA members are from outside the New York tristate region.

To join, you must:
Any full- or part-time freelancer may join the EFA.

You’ll get:
Members-only e-mail discussion list
Job List service
Online education courses
Benefits programs
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Resident(area codes 201, 203, 212, 347, 516, 609, 631, 646, 718, 732, 845, 856, 860, 908, 914, 917, and 973 ): $125 yearly, $225/two years

Nonresident members: $105 yearly, $190/two years

Job List subscription: $40 (cannot be purchased a la carte)

New-member processing fee: $35
We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: Ed2010

ed2010.pngToday’s organization: Ed2010

About the organization:

Ed2010 is a community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry so we can fulfill our dreams of landing top editing and writing positions in the the magazine industry.

The organization has chapters nationally and internationally, so there may be one near you.

To join, you must:
There’s nothing to “join” – just send an e-mail to your local chapter coordinator, read the blogs, and comment on the message board, if you like.

You’ll get:
Happy hours
The WhisperJobs board
More

And for that, you’ll pay:
Nothing

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: CBC

chicago_book_clinic.pngToday’s organization: Chicago Book Clinic

About the organization:

Founded in 1936, the Chicago Book Clinic encourages excellence in publishing by providing a platform for educational, social & professional interaction of our members. Our members are professionals in book and media publishing, printing, editorial, design, and all business aspects of our industry.

Living in Chicago is not a requirement.

To join, you must:
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in any aspect of bookmaking from concept to distribution.

You’ll get:
Networking programs
The Book and Media Show in Chicago
Courses and seminars (in Chicago)
Merit scholarships for selected local students

And for that, you’ll pay:
$70 for one year

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

Better Know A Media Org: BAEF

baef-logo.jpg>Today’s organization: Bay Area Editors Forum

About the organization:

The Bay Area Editors’ Forum is an association of in-house and freelance editors from a variety of publishing and publications settings.

Bay Area residency not a requirement, though most of the members do live in the San Francisco area.

Number of members: 300

To join, you must:
Membership is open to anyone with an active interest in editing.

You’ll get:
Listed in the BAEF database of editors
Job e-mails
An electronic discussion list
Networking/shop talk forums for Bay Area members

And for that, you’ll pay:
$25 for one year

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.

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