ASJA Announces Associate Membership Level

Eligibility Requirements for New Program             

ASJAIndependent writers in the early stages of their career are now eligible for membership in the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) through the organization’s new Associate Membership program. Designed to strengthen the writing community by nurturing future generations of creatives, the new level of membership opens up networking and benefits to those who have not yet met the requirements of full professional membership.

“Our new Associate Membership program is an exciting new offering that provides invaluable resources to mid-level freelance writers,” said ASJA President Sherry Beck Paprocki. “The program was created to help these professionals develop the skills, networking tools and confidence needed to thrive in a competitive market.”

What is an Associate Membership?

The new membership level was specifically designed to provide mid-level freelance writers with mentoring, resources and professional support to assist them to become national level writers. Moreover, Associate members have access to some of the same perks as full professional members, including discounted membership rates at ASJA’s conferences, a subscription to ASJA’s bi-monthly magazine, access to ASJA’s online forums and participation in ASJA Special Interest Groups.

Exclusive Benefits of Associate Membership

Unique to the Associate membership, writers at this level are paired with Professional member “mentor”. This partnership provides ‘small group’ guidance specifically designed to help the Associate member develop skills, networking tools, and the confidence needed to evolve into a successful freelance writer.

Associate members will be positioned to emerge from the relationship with the work experience needed to transition to a Professional membership in the organization, if so desired.

Qualifying for Associate Membership

To be considered for an Associate membership, journalists and authors must submit:

  • Five published articles from regional or national publications. Articles and clips written while on staff will also count toward Associate membership consideration. Personal blog posts may not be used to apply for membership.
  • In the alternative, a candidate may submit one book published by a major publishing house. Self-published books are not eligible for consideration unless the applicant is able to demonstrate individual quality of the book via sales or reviews.

Applications can be found here: 

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