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Professional journalism organizations and Web sites

SPJ - Society of Professional Journalists
The nation's most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Member benefits include access to SPJ's Legal Defense Fund, job bank, publications, awards program, discussion boards, national convention, regional workshops and FOI resource center.

SEJ - Society of Environmental Journalists
The only U.S.-based membership organization of working journalists dedicated to improvements in environmental reporting through advancing public understanding of critically important environmental issues. Members can access SEJ's tip sheets, listserv and quarterly newsletter; enter reporting contests; and attend regional and national conferences.

SAJA - Southeast Asian Journalists Association
A professional networking group for all journalists interested in fostering ties among South Asian journalists and improving standards of journalistic coverage of South Asia and South Asian America. An annual convention with awards distribution, a job bank and an SAJA stylebook of South Asian terms and history are available to members.

RTNDA - Radio and Television News Directors Association
The world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Members benefit from publications, training, advocacy and many opportunities to meet with and learn from colleagues. A yearly conference with awards presentation and database of industry research are also offered.

PSSWA - Puget Sound Science Writers Association
A Northwest-based organization that strives to provide science communicators with resources for personal and professional growth as well as opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, scientists and others. Members enjoy e-mailed job listings and are encouraged to become involved with PSSWA’s listserv and annual events.

PNNA - Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association
A trade association of daily newspapers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia advancing the newspaper industry through information, education and service. A regional job bank and frequent conferences are open to PNNA members.

ONA - Online News Association
An association composed largely of journalists whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. ONA, along with USC's Annenberg School for Communication, administers the Online Journalism Awards at its annual conference.

NPPA - National Press Photographers Association
Member-based organization open to professional news photographers and others whose occupation has a direct professional relationship with photojournalism. Members receive a monthly newsletter, get discounts on NPPA's national workshops, have access to a job bank and can enter photojournalism contests for prizes.

NPC - The National Press Club
A group of newsroom employees who work for qualified news outlets in Washington, D.C. Membership benefits include access to research and training materials, job listings, discounts to D.C.-area services and invitations to NPC's frequent regional events.

NLGJA - National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
An organization of journalists, online media professionals and students that works from within the industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA provides professional development for its members as well as a job board, quarterly newsletter and annual convention with awards presentation.

NICAR/CARR - Computer Assisted Reporters
A program of Investigative Reporters and Editors, NICAR trains journalists in the practical skills of finding, prying loose and analyzing electronic information. Members can access an extensive library of databases and other features off the IRE Web site.

NCEW - National Conference of Editorial Writers
A membership-based organization dedicated to writers and editors of opinion material for the print and broadcast media. NCEW sponsors foreign tours, professional seminars, regional meetings and the annual convention/critique sessions. Members can also share ideas and help each other solve problems via the NCEW mailing list.

NASW - National Assoc. of Science Writers
Aimed at providing a community for science writers to network and exchange ideas, NASW members can access job listings, a quarterly newsletter, regional meetings and discounted health insurance for freelancers.

NAJA - Native American Journalists Association
An organization aimed at serving and empowering both Native and non-Native journalists through seminars that increase understanding of the issues confronting Native communities. An annual convention with awards presentation, a searchable job bank and fellowships opportunities are also available to members.

NAHJ - National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry, NAHJ also aims to promote fair treatment of Hispanics by the media. Members can access the organization's online job listings, attend the annual conference, receive NAHJ's quarterly newsletter and compete for awards.

NABJ - National Association of Black Journalists
An organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals the NABJ provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Many of NABJ's 3,300 members also belong to one of the dozens of professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide. NABJ holds an annual convention and careers fair each summer with dozens of plenary sessions and workshops for professional development. Each year, NABJ awards nearly $100,000 in scholarships and internships to college and high school students nationwide, as well as fellowships for seasoned professionals.

NAA - Newspaper Association of America
A nonprofit organization representing the newspaper industry and working toward building advertising share, promoting First Amendment rights, encouraging newsroom diversity and providing analysis and assistance to its members. Resources include a classified section, information on the industry and a listing of NAA's numerous conferences and events.

JAWS - Journalism and Women Symposium
A nonprofit aimed at supporting the personal growth and professional empowerment of women in newsrooms across the country. Members can attend biannual training camps, receive the JAWS newsletter, access listservs and browse job listings.

IRE - Investigative Reporters and Editors
A membership-based, nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. IRE's extensive resource center includes information on FOIA, a governmental database, tip sheets, reporting guides, listservs, beat sources and nearly 20,000 completed investigative stories, among others features. An annual conference with awards presentation and training seminars, a job bank and fellowship opportunities are also available.

ICJ - International Center for Journalists
The organization aims to improve the quality of journalism worldwide, and trains its participants to establish free press models overseas in conjunction with the local media. Seminars, programs and fellowships with an international focus are also available.

CSNE - California Society of Newspaper Editors
Composed of editors of daily and weekly newspapers and news services as well as journalism educators, CSNE works to advance the cause of professional journalism in California and Nevada. Members can participate in the annual convention and in professional training and development seminars.

CNPA - Calif. Newspaper Publishers Assocication
A nonprofit trade association representing the daily and weekly newspapers of California. CNPA works to influence legislation in Sacramento; sponsors an annual newspaper contest and convention; and offers seminars on media law, production, writing and editing, and advertising and circulation.

CCNMA - California Chicano News Media Association
A nonprofit, professional organization aimed at promoting diversity in the news media by providing encouragement, scholarships and educational programs for Latinos pursuing careers in the media. In addition to an annual West Coast job fair, CCNMA offers members online job listings, a newsletter, an awards competition and workshops.

CAJ - Canadian Association of Journalists
A national nonprofit advocacy and professional development organization serving Canadian journalists from all media. CAJ hosts a yearly convention and awards presentation, and offers members international fellowships and a subscription to its quarterly Media Magazine.

AWJ - Association for Women Journalists
Membership-based association open to both male and female working journalists and providing Dallas-area job listings, an annual awards contest and regional seminars.

ASNE - American Society of Newspaper Editors
The main organization of daily newspaper editors in the Americas. ASNE's focus is on building diversity in the newsroom, protecting the First Amendment rights of the press, building reader credibility and exchanging ideas between editors. An annual convention with awards presentation, regional job fairs and training sessions are offered, as well as a job bank and resource center.

APTRA - Associated Press TV and Radio Association
The organization seeks to promote cooperation, education, professionalism and ethics among AP members working in the broadcast medium in California and Nevada. Offerings include regional seminars and workshops, an annual convention and news competition contests.

APME - Associated Press Managing Editors
An association of U.S. and Canadian editors whose newspapers are members of The Associated Press. APME offers its members an annual conference, which features timely, professional development workshops and an auction that benefits the organization's educational projects. A quarterly magazine and weekly electronic newsletter are also available.

AEJMC - Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
A nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students and media professionals dedicated to promoting the highest possible standards for education in the media. Educators can attend AEJMC's yearly convention, where they can present their original research papers for awards. A job bank is also available online.

ACRE - Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors
The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors invites you to be part of a new effort to revitalize journalism where it counts most: at the state and local level. We exist to help you do a better job relating the issues in Washington, D.C. to readers, listeners and viewers.

ACES - American Copy Editors Society
Professional association of copy editors dedicated to forging better newsroom relations and providing solutions to copy desk problems through training and discussion during its annual copy-editing conference. The ACES Web site offers members a discussion board, a searchable job bank, online resources on editing, even quizzes that test their copy-editing knowledge.

AASFE - American Assoc. of Sunday and Feature Editors
An organization of editors from the United States and Canada dedicated to the quality of features in newspapers and the craft of feature writing. AASFE offers its members an annual convention, regional writing workshops, e-mail mailing lists, a writing contest and an annual magazine.

AAJA - Asian American Journalists Association
A nonprofit, membership-based organization that works toward fair representation of Asian Americans in the news and encourages their entry into journalism. AAJA holds an annual convention and offers writing and reporting workshops for its members.

Professional publications

Online Journalism Review
A Web-based journalism review, OJR covers the full range of journalistic issues in all media, but with a particular emphasis on the Internet, devoting most of its resources to evaluating the emerging field of online journalism, providing readers commentary, monthly features and Web resource databases.

Editor and Publisher
A monthly magazine for the newspaper industry, E&P covers news articles on all facets of newspapering: newsroom/editorial, new media, advertising, circulation, promotion, public relations, production, news services/syndicates, technology, legal, campus journalism and finance.

Columbia Journalism Review
America's premier media monitor, CJR examines not only day-to-day press performance but also the many forces that affect that performance for better or worse. The magazine, which is published six times a year, offers a mix of reporting, analysis, criticism and commentary.

American Journalism Review
A national magazine published 10 times a year that covers all aspects of print, television, radio and online media. AJR examines how the media cover specific stories, analyzes ethical dilemmas in the field and monitors the impact of technology on how journalism is practiced.

Professional Training and Development

No Train, No Gain - Resources for Trainers and Coaches
A resource site for newsroom trainers, No Train No Gain offers training tips and handouts on writing, editing, reporting, newsroom management skills, recruitment and retention, diversity, technology and newsroom surveys. Membership not required.

NMC - Northwestern University’s Media Management Center
Executive education programs involve Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and Medill School of Journalism and include media management training for top executives in newspapers, magazines and broadcast television, as well as tailored programs for media companies.

Nieman Fellowship
Twelve mid-career U.S. journalists and 12 from other countries are awarded the annual fellowship, which includes a yearlong individualized program of study and weekly seminars at Harvard University.

Knight-Wallace Fellowships at Michigan
Designed to broaden perspectives, nurture intellectual growth and inspire personal transformation, these fellowships allow participants to devise a plan of study and select classes from the full range of courses offered at the University of Michigan, while attending twice-weekly seminars that feature prominent journalists and leading academics.

Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism
Up to 10 fellowships are awarded each year to qualified journalists interested in enhancing their understanding and knowledge of economics, business and finance through study at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
MIT's mid-career program is designed for experienced journalists who cover science, technology, medicine or the environment, or for journalists who wish to prepare themselves to cover these fields. Fellows spend an academic year on campus, attending courses and participating in twice-weekly seminars with top researchers.

Knight Salzburg Seminar Fellowships
A leading forum for promoting global dialogue on issues of pressing international concern, the seminar is dedicated to promoting the free exchange of ideas, viewpoints and understanding in a neutral, cross-cultural environment by bringing together future leaders from government, business, academia and the independent sector for week-long sessions of intense discussion and debate.

Knight Public Health Journalism Fellowships
A three-month, multifaceted experience in research, field practice and instruction, fellows take part in intensive training, participate in outbreak investigations and conduct disease surveillance in the field and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta.

Knight Journalism Fellowships in Business, Medicine, Law and Education

Knight International Press Fellowships
The organization aims to improve the quality of journalism worldwide, and trains its participants to establish free press models overseas in conjunction with the local media. Seminars, programs and fellowships with an international focus are also available.

Knight Foundation Fellowship in Law for Journalists

Knight Center for Specialized Journalism
A national program offering free, top-quality seminars for print and broadcast reporters, editors and editorial writers. Participants can receive in-depth training in subjects related to their beat, while meeting like-minded colleagues, gaining new sources and generating story ideas. All seminars are held in the Washington, D.C., area.

Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism
Boston University-based program dedicated to improving the quality of science and medical journalism by training students and veteran journalists to recognize, investigate, analyze and explain scientific and medical findings and issues. Center offerings include short, intensive seminars for mid-career journalists covering the sciences.

John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists
Stanford University-based program for mid-career journalists interested in spending an academic year taking courses in any department. Fellows create their own curriculum and attend weekly seminars held especially for them.

CJC Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families

The Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families (CJC) inspires and recognizes exemplary reporting on children and families. Since 1993, thousands of print, broadcast and online journalists have attended our intensive training programs and relied on us for information and diverse resources. CJC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan program of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, and is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"Overall, the program was really excellent. I learned a lot, got tons of story ideas and perspective. As wonderful as it was to make contact with the sources, I think it was just as valuable - or more so - to meet so many enthusiastic talented journalists and exchange ideas and techniques and make friends."
- Diana Fishlock, Harrisburg, PA Patriot-News
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