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Journalism Associations and Centers

Alliance of Area Business Publications
AABP works on behalf of its members by providing marketing services, communications services, lobbying, educational programming, and new-business development. From this site you can access advertising rates, demographic studies, editorial profiles, information about AABP and its members.

American Business Media
The trade association for business and trade business-to-business media.

American Copy Editors Society
A professional journalism organization for, by and about copy editors. Aim is to provide solutions to copy desk problems, through training, discussion and an awareness of common issues.

American Journalism Historians Association
Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association exists to foster research and teaching of journalism history, to provide a forum and to be a resource. The association defines journalism in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of mass communication studies.

American Medical Writers Association
Promote excellence in biomedical communication and provides educational resources that support that goal. Has an extensive educational program, various publications, and opportunities for networking.

American Press Institute
API is the oldest and largest center devoted solely to training and professional development for the news industry.

American Society of Journalists and Authors
ASJA helps professional freelance writers advance their writing careers. Members share candid data on rates, contracts, editors and more. Non-members benefit from our Contracts Watch newsletter, annual writers conference and other services.

American Society of Magazine Editors
Professional society for editors of consumer magazines.

American Society of Media Photographers
The American Society of Media Photographers (originally the Society of Magazine Photographers and later the American Society of Magazine Photographers) is the leading trade association for photographers who photograph primarily for publication. ASMP promotes photographers' rights, educates photographers in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers and helps buyers find professional photographers.

American Society of Newspaper Editors
The American Society of Newspaper Editors is a membership organization for daily newspaper editors, people who serve the editorial needs of daily newspapers and certain distinguished individuals who have worked on behalf of editors through the years.

Asian American Journalists Association
Our mission is to encourage Asian American and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and to increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.

Association of Authors' Representatives
a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents.

Association of Health Care Journalists
The Association of Health Care Journalists, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.

Association of Food Journalists
The Association of Food Journalists, Inc., is a networking system created for journalists who devote most of their working time to planning and writing food copy for news media. AFJ's primary goal is to encourage communication among food journalists and increase members' knowledge of food and to sharpen their writing, design, and broadcast skills. The group also fosters professional standards among its members.

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
The association is a non-profit, educational association of journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students and media professionals.

Association for Women in Communications
This is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence and promoting leadership.

Association for Women Journalists, Chicago
An apolitical, not-for-profit organization. The organization offers networking opportunities and events that support women in the field of journalism and promote the respectful treatment of women by the news media.

Association of Opinion Page Editors
We are a blissfully unbureaucratic group. We have no dues, no central office, no petty rivalries. We have four officers and a website and a listserv hosted by the College of Communications at the Pennsylvania State University. We exist primarily as an annual conference; all of our energy goes into this gathering.

Associations for Editors
Listing from web site of the newsletter Editors Only.

The home of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at the American Press Institute.

Canadian Association of Journalists
The CAJ promotes excellence in journalism, encouraging investigative journalism. We serve as the national voice of Canadian journalists, and we uphold the public’s right to know.

Canadian Magazine Publishers Association
Rrepresents more than 300 Canadian consumer magazines.

Center for Environmental Journalism
Sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder, the CEJ aims to help present and future journalists build their knowledge and expertise of environmental issues. Offers programs for professional development, student education and communication with scientists and the public.

Committee of Concerned Journalists
From the web site: “The Committee of Concerned Journalists is a consortium of reporters, editors, producers, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession. To secure journalism's future, the group believes that journalists from all media, geography, rank and generation must be clear about what sets our profession apart from other endeavors. To accomplish this, the group is creating a national conversation among journalists about principles.”

Committee to Protect Journalists
An independent, non-profit dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide.

Council of Science Editors
Formerly the Council of Biology Editors, this association's goal is to improve communication in the sciences. Includes searchable/browsable table of contents of its publications CBE Views and Science Editor. Users also can order books on science editing, including editing of  graphs and grant proposals. Site also features a job bank.

Editorial Freelancers Association
The Editorial Freelancers Association is a national, nonprofit, professional organization of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries. Members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and others who offer a broad range of skills and specialties.

Freedom Forum
Promotes free press and free speech.

Fund for Investigative Journalism
Provides grants to freelance reporters, authors and small publications for investigative work involving corruption, malfeasance, incompetence, societal problems or media criticism.

Inland Press Association
Newspaper association provides training seminars, workshops, conferences and study missions covering all aspects of newspaper operations, with emphasis on family- and independently owned newspapers. Also publishes studies on newspaper compensation and newspaper costs and revenues. Site contains new and archived stories from the group’s print publication with tips on improving newspaper operations.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
Provides resources to help members achieve excellence in public relations and communications.

International Association of Obituarists
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of the art of the obituary.

International Center for Journalists
The International Center for Journalists was founded in 1984 as an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of journalism worldwide, especially in countries with little or no tradition of an independent press. ICFJ believes that vigorous, independent media are essential building blocks on which democracy, freedom and human rights must be based. The Center is committed to working with colleagues around the globe to: share journalistic, managerial and technical expertise; provide the latest information on media developments, journalism ethics and professional practices; offer support services relevant to changing needs; and encourage vital and independent media that are professionally, ethically and financially grounded.

International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists is the world's largest organization of journalists representing around 500,000 members in more than 100 countries. IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists. The IFJ does not subscribe to any given political viewpoint, but promotes human rights, democracy and pluralism.

International Federation of the Periodical Press
The International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) works for the benefit of magazine publishers around the world; promoting the common editorial, cultural and economic interests of consumer and business-to-business publishers, both in print and electronic media. Membership covers national magazine associations, publishing companies with international interests, suppliers to the industry, small businesses and associated organisations in more than 70 countries, and includes 190 members in 53 countries, which consist of 43 national associations, one regional association (Latin America), 111 publishing member companies, 33 associate members and six individual members. FIPP represents more than 110,000 magazine titles with an estimated annual advertising expenditure in the range of $70 billion.

Investigative Reporters and Editors
Provides educational services to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism and works to maintian high professional standards.

Journalism Educators Association
JEA is an independent national scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers. Among its 2,300 members are journalism teachers and publications advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, yearbook companies, newspapers, radio stations and departments of journalism.

JournalismTraining.org provides a centralized location for journalists seeking information about professional development opportunities. The centerpiece of the site is a searchable database of local, regional and national journalism training programs arranged to easily find, compare and determine which training best meets individual needs.

Magazine Publishers of America
The industry association for consumer magazines.

Military Reporters and Editors
The association exists to advance public understanding of the military, national security and homeland defense; to educate and share information with its members and the public on best practices, tools and techniques for such coverage; to represent the interests of working journalists to the government and military; and to assure that journalists have access to places where the U.S. military and its allies operate.

Missouri Association of Publications
Founded in 2004, the Missouri Association of Publications (MAP) is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism. Its purpose is to promote excellence in publications by providing continuing education, professional growth and development and networking opportunities.

National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of 3,300 journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Among its goals are: strengthening ties among black journalists, sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in the workplace for black journalists, expanding job opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring black journalists, while providing continued professional development and training, and increasing the number of black journalists in management positions and encouraging black journalists to become entrepreneurs.

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.

National Association of Science Writers
A forum in which to improve the craft and encourage conditions that promote good science writing. members include freelancers and employees of 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. Above all, NASW fights for the free flow of science news.

National Conference of Editorial Writers
A nonprofit professional organization that exists to improve the quality of editorial pages and broadcast editorials, and to promote high standards among opinion writers and editors.  Members can take advantage of an expanding array of year-round benefits including: writing and broadcast critiques, our annual convention, low-cost seminars and workshops, the NCEW Job Bank, The Masthead magazine, regional conferences, foreign tours, our e-mail discussion group

National Center on Disability and Journalism
The center is an independent, impartial journalism education organization. Its mission is to work with journalists and educators about disability reporting issues in order to produce more accurate, fair and diverse news reporting.

National Freedom of Information Coalition
The National FOI Coalition joins First Amendment and open government organizations from individual states in a self-supporting alliance as they seek to protect the public's right to know through the education of media professionals, attorneys, academics, students and the general public. NFOIC nurtures start-up FOI organizations in other states. It assists its own members through joint fundraising, project planning, and the interchange of ideas and information.

National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
NICAR is sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Missouri School of Journalism. Its purpose, according to the home page, is “[to train] journalists in the practical skills of finding, prying loose and analyzing electronic information.” Resources include a library of government databases; help with questions about Census data; a campaign-finance information center; training programs, including conferences, seminars, and training materials); and a job board.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
This organization of journalists, online media professionals, and students work from within the journalism industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA opposes workplace bias against all minorities and provides professional development for its members.

National Press Club
The Club shall provide people who gather and disseminate news a center for the advancement of their professional standards and skills, the promotion of free expression, mutual support and social fellowship.

National Press Photographers Association
Membership consists of professional news photographers and others whose occupation has a direct professional relationship with photojournalism. This includes reporters, writers, editors, directors, copy editors, video editors, assignment editors, designers, printing workers, engineers, and others whose work affects the content or quality of the overall photojournalistic product.

National Writers Union
The National Writers Union is more than just another writers' organization - it is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media.

Native American Journalists Association
The Native American Journalists Association serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increase the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association
NEPA is the international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of for-profit subscription newsletter publishers and specialized-information services.

Newspaper Association of America’s Presstime Online
Includes articles from NAA’s monthly magazine and information about the association's activities.

New York Financial Writers Association
The New York Financial Writers' Association is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to business and financial journalism.

Online News Association
For journalists who produce news on the Internet and other digital platforms.

Online Publishers Association
is a not-for-profit industry trade organization dedicated to representing high-quality online content providers before the advertising community, the press, the government and the public. Through credible research and ongoing communications, the OPA seeks to establish and promote the Internet as an effective advertising medium for marketers and a sustainable media business for publishers, thereby ensuring the continued availability of quality content for consumers worldwide. Members of the OPA ascribe to the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability.

Organization of News Ombudsmen
Dedicated to helping the journalism profession achieve and maintain high ethical standards in news reporting, thereby enhancing its own credibility among the people it serves, and to establishing and refining standards for the job of news ombudsman or reader representative.

Periodical Publishers Association
The PPA is the organization for magazine and business-to-business media publishers in the UK.

Poynter Institute
The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists. Poynter conducts more than 50 seminars annually in the areas of leadership and management, news reporting and writing, producing news for broadcast and online, ethics and diversity, and visual journalism. The school owns the Times Publishing Company, which publishes the St. Petersburg Times, and operates Congressional Quarterly and other publications.

The Project for Excellence in Journalism
The Project for Excellence in Journalism is an initiative by journalists to clarify and raise the standards of American journalism. It is affiliated with the Pew Research Center.

Public Relations Society of America
PRSA is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals with about 20,000 members, organized into 114 chapters.

Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press
A non-profit that provides legal help to journalists and news organizations.

Society for News Design
The Society for News Design (formerly the Society of Newspaper Design) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 members internationally. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in journalism and design. The group runs workshops and a competition, and publishes a quarterly magazine and a monthly newsletter. Site includes a good collection of links to articles on web site design (click Web Tools on the navigation bar); nationwide job listings; and search functions to help locate consulants and freelancers.

Society of Environmental Journalists
SEJ offers educational programs and services for working journalists, educators, and students, including conferences, publications, awards, a mentoring program, and more. Also aims to raise awareness among media decision makers on the importance of environmental news reporting.

Society of Professional Journalists
Site includes national news, resources on the Freedom of Information Act, and more.

Society for Technical Communication
Society members include writers, editors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educators, students, engineers, and scientists. Both national and chapter sites include permanent and contract job listings.

Trade, Association and Business Publications International
TABPI’s purpose is to bring together editors working for English-language publications worldwide, and encourage editorial ethics and excellence. Sponsors an awards program.

Western Publications Association
A nonprofit business trade association dedicated to the advancement of the trade- and consumer-magazine publishing industry in the western United States, offering educational seminars, annual publishing conference and awards competition.


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American Society of Business Publication Editors
214 North Hale St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 510-4588
Fax: (630) 510-4501

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