In honor of our 70th anniversary, ASJA is raising funds to expand our educational efforts via an online educational portal. Hundreds of ASJA members are contributing to this effort. Here are a few of their reasons why.
Sally Abrahms, current ASJA board member and member since 2001
“The generosity of ASJA members is unparalleled. I have received advice on story placement, ideas and editors, learned about industry news, advocated for my rights successfully in a class action lawsuit, and welcomed the efforts of volunteers to create outstanding programs. I have asked for bigger fees, and received them, thanks to ASJA members. The connections I have made, and continue to make, are invaluable.”
Howard Baldwin, ASJA Treasurer and member since 2007
I’m supporting ASJA’s 70th Anniversary Campaign because a free and truthful press is under fire in America (if not around the world). As an organization that has always stood up for journalists’ and writers’ rights, it’s in a unique and important position to help the country weather this difficult phase
Estelle Erasmus, ASJA Direct Podcast host and member since 1997
I supported the ASJA Educational Foundation because I believe in what ASJA is doing to help educate and inform journalists and nonfiction writers on how to build their business and be successful through conferences, sharing editor and project information, collaboration, and networking opportunities (virtual and in person). I've been a member since 1997, and I have garnered many lucrative assignments and met wonderful colleagues through my involvement and volunteer work with ASJA, so it's a way for me to continue to give back.
Jack El-Hai, ASJA past president, member since 1995
“I support ASJA because it has helped me build my career as a freelance writer more than any other organization. I got magazine assignments, found my literary agent, sold books, and have met wonderful people who are essential for me to know — all through the resources of ASJA.”
Lottie Joiner, current ASJA board member and member since 2015
"I gave to the ASJA 70th anniversary campaign because I believe in the mission of this association to support independent freelance writers. ASJA offers professional development, networking opportunities and resources to help those who have had the courage to pursue their dream of being a published author. I want to see ASJA around for another 70 years!"
Janine Latus, ASJA vice-president and member since 1999
“I gave to the capital campaign as an investment in my career. For 70 years, ASJA has provided education and venues for peers to help each other, while fighting for things that matter in our profession, like our right to own our own work, so I donated some of the (surprising!) check I received from the class action lawsuit back into the organization that fought to make it happen.”