Professional Organizations

There are many professional organizations for journalists that offer excellent opportunities for networking, support, development and other opportunities, including internship and job listings. A few of these are listed below. Many of the websites have memberships and information specifically for students. Please note that the ethnic and gender specific organizations are open to all.

American Association of Magazine Editors

American Society of Media Photographers

American Copy Editors Society

An organization by, for and about copy editors who aim to provide solutions to copy desk problems, through training, discussion and an awareness of common issues and to help copy editors take a more visible and constructive role in their newsrooms.

American Society of Newspaper Editors

The main organization of daily newspaper editors.

Asian American Journalists Association

Association of Women in Communications

An organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines.

Association for Women Journalists

Dedicated to supporting women in journalism and promoting respectful treatment of women by the news media.

Association for Women in Sports Media

Organization of women and men working in sports writing, editing, broadcasting, & public relations.

Committee to Protect Journalists

Independent, non profit organization founded to promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear.

Committee of Concerned Journalists

Organization of journalists, publishers, and academics concerned about the future of the profession of journalism.

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund

Founded by the editors of the Wall Street Journal to improve the quality of journalism education applicants for newspaper jobs. Offers internships and scholarships to college students.

Freedom Forum

Nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. Focuses on three priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment Freedoms, and diversity.

Garden Writers Association

Nonprofit association providing opportunities for education, recognition, career development and a forum for professionals in garden communication.

Internat’l Alliance for Equestrian Journalism

International Center for Journalists

Dedicated to improvement of the quality of journalism world-wide, especially in countries with little or no tradition of an independent press.

J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism

Institute helps news organizations and citizens use new information ideas and innovative computer technologies to develop new ways for people to engage in critical public policy issues.

Robert Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Oldest organization dedicated to training journalists of color and to helping the news media reflect the nation’s diversity in staffing, content and operations.

Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation

Nonprofit organization supporting journalism and a free press in the Americas and active citizenship.

National Association of Black Journalists

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

National Center for Business Journalism

National Freedom of Information Coalition

NFOIC works to protect the public's right to oversee its government.

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

National Newspaper Association

The purpose of this association of community newspapers is to protect, promote and enhance community newspapers.

National Press Photographers Association

Native American Journalists Association

Newspaper Association of America
The Association focuses on issues that collectively affect the newspaper industry: marketing, public policy, diversity, industry development, newspaper operations and readership.

Newspaper Guild

Founded as a print journalists’ union, it is a union for media workers and seeks to promote the economic interests and improve the working conditions.

Online News Association

Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalists.

Project for Excellence in Journalism

A research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. Non partisan, non ideological and non political.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists.

Society of Environmental Journalists

Society of Professional Journalists

Broad-based journalism organization dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and high standards of ethical behavior.

South Asian Journalists Association

Southern Newspapers Publishers Association

Established to promote the business interests, harmony and prosperity of more than 420 newspapers, primarily in South and Southeast.

World Press Freedom Committee

An international umbrella organization of more than 45 journalistic groups on 6 continents united in the defense and promotion of press freedom.

Journalism Department
108 Bartlett Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413.545.1376