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
www.asme.org


American Society of Media Photographers
www.asmp.org


American Copy Editors Society

www.copydesk.org

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
www.asne.org

The main organization of daily newspaper editors.

Asian American Journalists Association
www.asne.org


Association of Women in Communications

www.womcom.org

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

Association for Women Journalists
www.awjchicago.org

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

Association for Women in Sports Media
www.awsmonline.org

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

Committee to Protect Journalists
www.cpj.org

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
www.concernedjournalists.org

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

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund
www.djnewspaperfund.dowjones.com/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
www.freedomforum.org

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
www.gardenwriters.org

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

Internat’l Alliance for Equestrian Journalism
www.equijournalists.com


International Center for Journalists

www.icfj.org

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
www.j-lab.org

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
www.maynardije.org

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
www.rrmtf.org

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

National Association of Black Journalists
www.nabj.com


National Association of Hispanic Journalists

www.nahj.com


National Center for Business Journalism

www.businessjournalism.org


National Freedom of Information Coalition

www.nfoic.org

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

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
www.nlgja.org


National Newspaper Association

www.nna.org

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

National Press Photographers Association

www.nppa.org


Native American Journalists Association

www.naja.com


Newspaper Association of America

www.naa.org
The Association focuses on issues that collectively affect the newspaper industry: marketing, public policy, diversity, industry development, newspaper operations and readership.

Newspaper Guild
www.newsguild.org

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
www.onlinenewsassociation.org


Poynter Institute

www.poynter.org

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

Project for Excellence in Journalism
www.journalism.org

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
www.rcfp.org

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

Society of Environmental Journalists
www.sej.org


Society of Professional Journalists

www.spj.org

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

South Asian Journalists Association
www.saja.org


Southern Newspapers Publishers Association

www.snpa.org

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

World Press Freedom Committee
www.wpfc.org

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