14 Great Reasons to Join ASBPE

14 Great Reasons to Join ASBPE1. ASBPE Is Your Voice

ASBPE is exclusively an association of professional editors, writers, freelancers, graphic artists and art directors who work for business magazines and their associated Web sites. We are a group of content developers run by people within editorial. Our central focus is helping our members develop their editorial, design and management skills, which will enhance their performance and prepare them to play larger roles in their publishing organizations. We also believe content creators must be aware of trends in advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production, and the business of publishing. At ASBPE, editorial isn’t an afterthought. It is our only thought.

2. National Editorial Conference

At ASBPE’s National Editorial Conference, you can learn how to deal with the management, technical, and financial issues that are shaping your future as a professional and the future of your publication. Hear what the country’s top experts (we look for fresh and exciting speakers) have to say about business and editorial practices that work. Swap ideas with your peers from around the country. The annual conference is a terrific opportunity to network with the profession’s best and brightest.

Already perhaps the best value in our industry, the conference is an even better value for members, who get discounted rates to attend a minimum of eight essential sessions plus our annual Azbee Awards of Excellence banquet for one-third the cost of similar conferences. The meeting also focuses on having a collegial atmosphere where you can easily network with your peers and speakers. We also usually offer giveaways of useful educational books.

The conference provides more interaction with attendees and speakers than many other similar conferences and also offers giveaways of useful educational books related to our profession.

3. Azbee Print, Digital Editorial, Design, Magazine of the Year Awards

ASBPE’s annual Azbee Awards of Excellence competition is the largest and most competitive in B2B publishing. The Society recognizes excellence — both in print and digital platforms — in more than 50 categories, including:

Members can enter the competition at a discounted rate.

4. Annual Awards of Excellence Banquet

The banquet honors our gold, silver, and bronze winners of our print and digital editorial and design, and Web Site and Magazines of the Year competition. The banquet features presentations to the award winners, and to our Lifetime Achievement Award and the Young Leaders Scholarship winners. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner delivers the banquet keynote speech. Members may attend the banquet at a discount.

For more information, see our Awards page.

5. Lifetime Achievement Award and the Young Leaders Scholarship

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an editor who has contributed to the profession throughout his or her career. Our Young Leaders Scholarship pays the registration fees for promising young editors to attend our Annual National Editorial Conference. Recipients are honored at a banquet during the Editorial Conference.

For more information on these programs, see our Awards page.

6. Electronic Newsletters

Keep up to date on what’s happening at ASBPE with our e-newsletters.Every alert will include also has valuable information that will help editors and designers do their jobs more effectively.

7. Member Discounts

Members get discounts on fees for Society conferences, Azbee Awards of Excellence competition, local chapter meetings, and other special opportunities.

8. Local Chapters

Local chapters present a variety of educational programs and networking opportunities with your peers. Discover new resources, and enhance your career. Your chapter membership is included in your national dues. ASBPE sponsors local chapters in

No local chapter in your city? The Society is currently working to build additional chapters in other major business publishing centers across the country. If you’d like to start one, ASBPE can put you in touch with others in your location and supply the know-how and resources. Contact Society headquarters for details at (727) 553-4214 or info@asbpe.org.

9. ASBPE Webinars

ASBPE offers members free Webinars on a variety of cutting-edge topics that are important to B2B editors and offered by top professionals in the field.

10. The ASBPE Web Site and Special Members-Only Section

ASBPE’s Web site includes classified employment ads, roundups of the Society’s national and chapter activities, bookstore, links to other sites of interest to business press editors, and a whole lot more.

An exclusive members-only section contains

  1. results of member surveys
  2. Results of ASBPE’s industrywide research on editorial salary and workplace attitudes
  3. how-to articles that help members do their jobs more effectively.

11. ASBPE Ethics Advisories

ASBPE Ethics Advisories are opinions issued by ASBPE’s ethics committee on ethical questions submitted by members. They are based on ASBPE’s Guide to Preferred Editorial Practices. They are available only to ASBPE members.

12. Online Membership Directory

Got a question? Want to find an old friend? ASBPE’s online Membership Directory is a great place to start your search — and it’s free to members only.

13. Salary, Workplace Attitudes Survey

How does your paycheck stand up against those of other business press editors? ASBPE’s survey takes a close look at editorial pay and other workplace issues. A new survey was recently published and is posted for members only at the ASBPE Web site.

14. Code of Preferred Editorial Practices

ASBPE’s code provides practical guidelines for dealing with a range of ethical issues and situations, from joint editorial/advertising calls to payment of travel expenses by an advertiser or story subject. It helps identify potential ethical conflicts and encourages a high level of professionalism. It includes guidelines for Web publishing. Members automatically receive a copy of the Code when they join.