14 Great Reasons to Join ASBPE
1. ASBPE Is Your Voice
ASBPE is exclusively an association of professional
editors and writers who work for business magazines and their
associated Web sites. We are a group of editors run by editors.
Our central focus is helping our members develop their editorial
and management skills, which will enhance their performance and
prepare them to play larger roles in their publishing organizations.
We also believe editors must be aware of trends in advertising
sales, circulation, marketing, production, and the business of
At ASBPE, editors arent an afterthought. They
are our only thought.
2. National Editorial Conference
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 countrys 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 professions
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
3. Azbee Print, Digital Editorial,
Magazine of the Year Awards
ASBPEs annual Azbee
Awards of Excellence competition is the largest and most
competitive in B2B publishing. The Society recognizes
both in print and digital platforms in
57 categories, including:
- News Story,
- Case History,
- How-To Article,
- On-Site Trade Show Coverage,
- Overall Typography,
- Information Graphics,
- Web Interactive
- Web Database,
- B2B Blog,
- The Journalism That Matters Award
- The Stephen Barr Award for individual
of the Year, and
- Web Site of
Members can enter the competition at a discounted
4. Annual Awards of Excellence
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.
more information, see our Awards page.
5. Lifetime Achievement Award and
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.
more information on these programs, see our Awards page.
6. Editor’s Notes Newsletter
Keep up to date on whats happening at
ASBPE with the
bimonthly member newsletter, Editors
Notes. Every issue
also has valuable how-to articles that help editors do their jobs
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 youd 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 (630) 510-4588 or firstname.lastname@example.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
ASBPEs Web site includes classified
employment ads, roundups of the Societys national
and chapter activities, archival
data from past newsletters, bookstore,
to other sites of interest to business press editors,
and a whole lot more.
An exclusive members-only section contains
1) the ASBPE member
2) discussion forums,
3) results of member surveys,
4) results of ASBPEs industrywide research on editorial
salary and workplace attitudes, and
5) how-to articles that help members do
their jobs more effectively.
11. ASBPE Discussion Forums
Members can get advice
on job issues, ask questions, and network through the Web
sites members-only discussion
forum. Currently, more than 50 topics are
under discussion. Another free service for our members only.
12. Online Membership
Got a question?
Want to find an old friend? ASBPEs online Membership
Directory is a great place to start your search and
its 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
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
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
a printable membership application in
PDF format (71K).