Journalism Organizations: US & Canada
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Founded in 1906, American Business Media is the association for business-to-business information providers, including producers of print publications, websites, trade shows and other media. American Business Media has 253 member companies, representing over 3,000 print and electronic titles and more than 800 trade shows and events.
Founded in 1964, the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) is the professional association for full-time and freelance editors and writers employed in the business, trade, and specialty press. ASBPE is widely known for its annual Awards of Excellence competition, which recognizes the best in editorial, design, and online achievement. The organization also sponsors the annual ASBPE National Editorial Conference. Regular educational seminars are held by local chapters. The society is operated in accordance with a set of bylaws drafted by the national board and ratified through a member vote.
APME is an association of editors at newspapers in the United States and Canada. It works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who will run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st Century. The association has held a multi-day conference every year since 1933 in various cities around the U.S. and Canada. Our elected officers serve as national leaders in speaking out on journalism issues. APME also provides feedback to the worldwide cooperative directly and through the Sounding Board.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is a national non-profit advocacy and professional development organization serving Canadian journalists from all media, including print, radio and television. It is the only group of its kind in Canada. Founded in 1978, and counting more than 1,400 active members across the country, the CAJ is run by a volunteer board of professional journalists.
The International Journalists' Network (IJNet) is an online service for journalists, media managers, media assistance professionals, journalism trainers and educators and anyone else with an interest in the state of the media around the world. The IJNet is produced by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in Washington, D.C. Support for IJNet comes from the Open Society Institute, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and friends of the International Center for Journalists.
Launched in 1990, the International Women's Media Foundation's mission is to strengthen the role of women in the news media around the world. The IWMF has built a network of women journalists from more than 100 countries. In addition to fostering alliances and connections, the network helps women in media share their strategies for success and access resources to help them achieve their goals.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. An 18-member Board of Directors governs NAHJ. They consist of executive officers and regional directors who represent geographic areas in the United States and the Caribbean. The national office is located in the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. NAHJ has approximately 2,300 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and academic scholars.
Since its founding in 1990, NLGJA has grown to a 1,300-member, 24-chapter organization in the United States with affiliations in Canada and Germany. The issues of same-sex marriage, gay families, parenting and adoption, gays in the military, sex education in the schools, civil liberties, gay-related ballot initiatives, gay bashing and anti-gay violence are commanding media attention with regularity. NLGJA has had a positive effect on responsible gay coverage, but we still have work to do.
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures. NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increase the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.
NCM [New California Media] is a nationwide association of over 700 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism. Founded in 1996 by Pacific News Service, NCM promotes ethnic media by strengthening the editorial and economic viability of this increasingly influential segment of America's communications industry.
The Online News Association is an association composed largely of professional online journalists. The Association has more than 600 professional members, that is, members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism. ONA also, in partnership with USC Annenberg School for Communication, administers the prestigious Online Journalism Awards.
The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. It carries forward Nelson Poynter's belief in the value of independent journalism. Founded in 1975 by Nelson Poynter, chairman of the St. Petersburg Times and its Washington affiliate, Congressional Quarterly, the Institute was bequeathed his controlling stock in the Times Publishing Co. in 1978. As a financially independent, nonprofit organization, The Poynter Institute is beholden to no interest except its own mission: to help journalists seek and achieve excellence.
The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers Inc. is a not-for-profit organization made up of business journalists in North America. Headquartered at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the 501 (c) (3) organization's mission is to promote business journalism through education.
The Society of Professional Journalists works to improve and protect journalism. The organization is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.
The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), a non-profit organization was formed in March 1994 with 18 members and was incorporated as a New York non-profit organization 1996. As of December 31, 2004, SAJA has over 630 members, including 170+ students. The South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) provides a networking and resource forum for journalists of South Asian origin and journalists interested in South Asia or the South Asian Diaspora. SAJA's mission also includes acting as a resource to facilitate and promote accurate coverage of South Asia and South Asians in North America.