Membership of the Society requires full support and endorsement for the aims and objectives
By becoming a member you add to the authority of our voice, help fund our activity and benefit from access to information and comment on the critical issues facing the media today. The Society has no political or commercial agenda and exists solely in order to deliver our stated aims and objectives.
Acceptance for membership and allocation to a specific category with relevant level of annual subscription is at the sole discretion of the Board. The board defines minimum subscription levels and has discretion to discount subscriptions e.g. for members in hyperlocal or digital start-up organisations or any other appropriate reason.
This includes editors, editorial directors or publishers of national newspapers or magazines with overall responsibility for editorial departments and legal responsibility for their publications, senior executives of national television or radio companies or organisations. Heads of digital news operations or platforms which are not part of a publishing or broadcasting organisation.
Editors-in-chief and editorial directors or publishers of regional or local newspapers or magazines with full responsibility for the editorial operations and legal responsibility for their publications or heads of regional or local broadcasting or digital news platforms.
Where an organisation has at least one member paying a full subscription, deputy editors, assistant editors, section editors responsible for part of the editorial operation where they report to and carry out some of the responsibilities of that member or any other person in broadcasting, digital media or independent broadcasting company with responsibility for the editorial function.
Any former member of the Society who has held senior responsibility in a media organisation who has previously been a full or deputy member of the society for at least three years who is still working as an individual in journalism or related fields.
Any former member of the Society who has held senior responsibility in a media organisation who has previously been a full or deputy member of the society for at least three years who is fully retired but wishes to continue supporting and endorsing the aims and objectives of the society.
Heads of university or college departments or training organisations responsible for journalism training. Private practice lawyers working full-time on media issues where the practice is substantially in defence of media organisations or journalists. In-house lawyers for publishers, broadcasters or other news providers where there is at least one member paying the full subscription. Heads or senior executives of media related organisations including media consultants, senior members of communications departments and public relations organisations who support and endorse the objectives of the Society.(Where at least one member pays the full subscription, colleagues in the same organisation may be admitted with a 50 per cent subscription, at the discretion of the board)
Any qualified journalist or any other person with an interest in the freedom of the media and public right to know who supports and endorses the objectives of the Society.
Any student of journalism or related disciplines or with aspirations to pursue a career in journalism while enrolled on an approved course of training programme at a university, college or other training provider or any journalist in the first two years of employment in a media organisation, who supports and endorses the objectives of the Society.
Non media organisations can apply for corporate membership for a minimum of five named individuals.