Professional Organizations You Can Join Today!
Most journalists belong to one or more professional organizations that help them enhance their skills and further their careers. Why wait to join? All of these groups offer discounted membership rates for students. Most also have job listing services. They are all recommended by Journalism Department faculty members.
ACES: The Society for Editing: www.aceseditors.org
Student membership is $40. Great online resources, job bank.
American Society of Media Photographers: asmp.org
Student membership is $45 per year. Connecticut chapter: https://www.asmp.org/ct/about/. Resources, seminars, advocacy, contests, etc.
Asian American Journalists Association: https://aaja.org
Student membership is $25. Networking, training, awards, conferences, more.
The Association of LGBTQ Journalists: https://www.nlgja.org
Student membership is $25. Mentorship, resources, awards, convention, scholarships.
Association for Women in Sports Media: http://awsmonline.org
Student membership is $25. Members-only job board, scholarships, internships, mentoring.
International Documentary Association: documentary.org
Student membership is $35 a year. Grants, seminars, online resources, summer internships.
Investigative Reporters and Editors: ire.org
Student membership is $25. Networking & job listing, data sets, stories by journalists from across U.S.
Journalism and Women Symposium: www.jaws.org
Student membership is $35. Mentoring, networking, workshops, conferences.
National Association of Black Journalists: https://nabjonline.org
Student membership is $40 per year. Training, career advancement, networking, advocacy, scholarships, internships.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists: nahj.org
Student membership is $25. Online career center and resource center, conventions, scholarships, other student opportunities, mentorship.
National Press Photographers Association: https://nppa.org/
Student membership is $75 per year. Conferences, training opportunities, competitions, members-only job bank, equipment insurance.
Native American Journalists Association: https://najanewsroom.com
Student membership is $20. Open to “indigenous undergraduate and graduate students,” according to its website. Newsletter, scholarships, advocacy.
New York Press Club: nypressclub.org
Student membership is $25 per year. Lectures, panel discussions, “newsmaker” appearances in New York City & online.
Online News Association: https://journalists.org
Student membership is $25. Career center, conferences, awards, events, networking. Connecticut chapter has 75 members.
Overseas Press Club: https://opcofamerica.org
Student membership is $20. Advocacy, training, awards, scholarships & internships, emergency assistance.
Radio, Television and Digital News Association: rtdna.org
Student membership is $52 a year. Premier organization for broadcasters.
Society of Environmental Journalists: www.sej.org
Student membership open to any student at an accredited university. First-year membership is $25.
Society for News Design: snd.org
Student membership is $60 a year, which includes Camp SND, a two-day, hands on camp in responsive web design and data visualization.
Society of Professional Journalists: spj.org
Student membership is $37.50 per year – and the same rate is offered for three years after graduation. There is a Connecticut chapter: connecticutspj.org. Membership is an additional $10 per year.
South Asian Journalists Association: https://www.saja.org
Student membership is $25. Job bank, awards, advocacy, events.