Membership Types and Benefits

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With more than 1,700 members throughout the United States and Asia, AAJA serves a variety of needs. Our members are staff or freelance journalists for digital, print and broadcast media, wire services and cable outlets; students interested in careers in journalism; and non-journalists or former journalists in public relations, academia and other fields who support AAJA’s mission. There are many benefits available to AAJA members:

  • Discounted tickets and early access to AAJA networking and community events
  • Discounted registration for AAJA convention
  • Early access to career opportunities via bi-weekly online newsletter
  • Entry fee waiver for AAJA’s national journalism awards contest
  • Recognition on of special achievements or career moves
  • Significant discounts on UPS, AP online stylebook, Poynter on-site courses, AARP membership and other services

There are additional benefits for members who upgrade to Gold or Platinum membership. Read on to see which membership is right for you.

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Which membership is right for me?


For those who spend the majority of their work time involved in journalistic work or hiring journalists. Unemployed journalists are eligible for reduced dues. Full membership is also available to those who have left journalism but who were AAJA members and journalists for five or more consecutive years.

Hari Sreenivasan “Early in my career I had the support of AAJA members in Seattle as mentors. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it was not for their encouragement and guidance at different points in my journey.”Hari Sreenivasan, Anchor, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and Full Member



Open to former journalists, public or community affairs representatives of bona fide news companies, and non-journalists who have particular expertise or services they can contribute to AAJA. Associate members are NOT eligible to vote and cannot hold office except for Treasurer.


Full and Associate members interested in upgrading to Gold membership receive additional benefits, such as acknowledgment in AAJA’s annual report and perks at the National Convention.

Ruth Liao  “AAJA provides something for every step of my career development. I took part as a college student during the 2005 Voices leadership development program. Because of my rewarding experience as a Voices student, I’ve pledged to pay-it-forward for the next generation.”
Ruth Liao, Editor, LNG Americas, ICIS, and Gold Member
LoreneYue_web “AAJA helped me land my first job – a fellowship that help put me on the path to a successful journalism career. It also helped me build the network I needed to land future jobs and introduced me to some great journalists who have since become close friends. Now I’m giving back to the organization by helping future journalists get their start.”Lorene Yue, Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Gold Member
Richard Chang “AAJA is an excellent organization for networking, professional and scholarship support and friendship. AAJA is filled with accomplished, caring people who have helped me throughout my career — during the best and worst times.”Richard Chang, Arts and Entertainment Writer/Visual Art Critic, The Orange County Register, and Gold Member
Pamela Wu “AAJA’s mentorship, networking, and training opportunities were invaluable throughout every stage of my professional life. I can honestly say I owe much of my career success to AAJA.”– Pamela Wu, communications director, University of California Davis School of Law; former Anchor/Reporter, KCRA-TV (NBC) Sacramento; and Gold Member


In addition to the benefits of Gold membership, Platinum membership includes the cost of registration for the AAJA National Convention, VIP seating at the AAJA Gala dinner and invitation to the AAJA President’s Reception.

Howard Chen “I am currently living my dream as a reporter for Comcast SportsNet Houston. A few years earlier, another AAJA member whom I had met at a convention had introduced and recommended me to a man who eventually became my agent. This agent essentially sealed the deal for me and my current dream job. So, in essence, if it wasn’t for AAJA, I may not have the job I have today. Thank you, AAJA!!!” Howard Chen, Reporter, CSN Houston, and Platinum Member
Jeanie Park “I can’t quite imagine my life without AAJA. Some of my best friends in the world come from the early days of AAJA in the ’80s. Every journalism job I ever got was due in part to an AAJA member advocating for me or giving me inside info. Almost everything I know about leadership came from holding various AAJA positions or from my involvement with ELP. You might say I need to get a real life. I say: Pay your membership dues! It’s an invaluable investment—in yourself and in others.” Jeannie Park, Former Executive Editor for People Magazine, and Platinum Member


Open to enrolled high school, undergraduate, or graduate students who intend to pursue a career in journalism. Copy of most current student ID required. Recent graduates who have yet to obtain their first job may also become Student Members. Student members are eligible to vote but cannot hold office.

Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks “Growing up, there weren’t many journalistic role models I could really relate to. Whether it was a bottle-blonde talking about the weather, a grey-haired man discussing the State of the Union, or a byline with the last name ‘Smith’ or ‘Jones,’ it just always seemed that Asian-Americans like me were non-existent in the media world. The AAJA family welcomed me with open arms, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of it for many years to come.”Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Editor-in-chief, The Redwing Reader (Hoboken High School, N.J.), and Student Member
madeleine kim “AAJA has given me the opportunity to connect with successful, inspirational journalists. As a high school student, I don’t often get the chance to work and learn in a professional setting with such passionate and hard-working people, so AAJA is my avenue of learning the skills that can’t be taught in a classroom, such as networking, interviewing for jobs and standing out.”
Madeleine Kim, High school senior, Atlanta Chapter Student Member


Available to persons age 62 and over who have previously worked full- or part-time as a journalist. Retired members are not eligible to vote or hold office, except for Treasurer.



Media companies interested in advancing the mission of AAJA will receive the following benefits with AAJA’s corporate membership.

  • Unlimited career listings (by one designated representative) on AAJA’s national web site for one year
  • 10% discount on advertisements in AAJA’s convention book
  • 10% discount on Career Fair booth registration at AAJA’s convention
  • One-year subscription to AAJA’s newsletter and any other publications
  • Recognition on AAJA’s national web site during year of corporate membership
  • Unlimited access to AAJA member uploaded résumés for one year

Follow this link for detailed benefits and a downloadable application form, or contact the national office.

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Membership is acknowledgment of AAJA’s mission. All membership dues are tax deductible less any benefits derived. Membership is based on the calendar year: January to December.


Follow this link for a downloadable membership application form. You may mail or fax it in with credit card information or a check. For more information, contact the AAJA national office at 415-346-2051, ext 107 or email


AAJA offers dues reduction to assist AAJA full members who were recently laid off or are experiencing economic hardship. Download the application for dues reduction. You will be required to verify that you are eligible. Eligibility requirements are listed on the application.