Whether you work on the editorial, business or freelance side of Jewish journalism or represent a Jewish organization that seeks to connect with Jewish media, the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) offers you the opportunity to connect, learn and solve problems.
Key benefits of AJPA membership are:
Social Media Channels & Membership Communications: Through its social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and regular e-mails, the Association regularly informs the membership about editorial and business management issues. Members are also updated about upcoming AJPA events, promotions, changes and employment opportunities within the North American Jewish journalism community.
Online Membership Directory: This constantly updated source contains key contact information about Jewish publications nationwide and is only available to members. News sources, public relations professionals and prospective advertisers rely on it to locate Jewish publications in their area and nationwide. Because AJPA publications attract a largely affluent, steady, loyal readership, national and local companies have found it good business to advertise in them. There are several different ways to search the directory – by state, country or name of the publication or staff member. This database is for members only and is passcoded. Non-members can access much of our site, including a list of our full membership and complete information on our freelancers, but only paid members will be able to access this exclusive online membership directory.
Annual Meeting: The annual conference provides an extraordinary opportunity for editors, business managers and freelancers to connect with elected officials, policy experts, newsmakers, opinion leaders, industry executives and one another. Composed of workshops, plenary sessions and social events, it also provides a valuable occasion to exchange views and insights on such diverse issues as new media trends and how to attract and sustain the next generation of readers. Past conference presentations, audio and video recordings are also available on our website and are passcoded for member access only.
The Annual Simon Rockower Awards: AJPA sponsors this annual journalism competition to promote and recognize excellence. Entries are judged by a team of qualified journalists, professors and media representatives from outside the AJPA membership. The Awards contest is open only to AJPA member publications and freelancers. Traditionally the awards open in the Fall and entries are due mid to late January.
The AJPA Professional Query Group Blogs: AJPA offers its members the opportunity to ask questions of one another and receive answers from a number of other professionals through its Group Blogs. The different Group Blogs allow a member who wants his/her colleagues' advice to send out one message that automatically reaches all AJPA professionals within an appropriate group. AJPA manages four Group Blogs: one for editors, one for business managers, one for freelancers and editors to exchange story ideas, queries and articles, and one for freelancers to network with one another. This is another benefit exclusive to members and is passcoded. Please click here for more information and instructions on how to access the Group Blogs.
Job Bank: AJPA maintains a clearinghouse for publications seeking employees and qualified individuals seeking employment in Jewish journalism. A job bank is available on AJPA’s website where members may post help wanted ads.
Overseas Press Trips: AJPA works with foreign governments, airlines and international organizations to sponsor overseas press trips for AJPA member journalists.
Webinars: Periodically, AJPA will hold an integrated conference call and online presentation for all AJPA members about various issues affecting the Jewish press community. Webinars and other conference calls give our members a chance to communicate ideas and techniques with their colleagues in the Jewish press to improve their newspaper content, business strategies, etc. Webinars are a great chance for members to learn from an industry expert without having to travel further than their own computer.
Freelancers: We put our freelancer's front and center with our Freelancer Corner slider on the homepage. Each month, we'll feature a few freelancers on this slider on a rotating basis, with a link to our Freelancer Member Profile page which features all current freelance members.
Discounted Social Media Services: AJPA partnered with our association management company, KCA, to provide our members with discounted social media services. KCA manages a variety of social media platforms, from Facebook to Flickr, for its clients. AJPA members are eligible for a 10 percent discount off of KCA’s standard rates. Click here for more information.
Discounted Jerusalem Press Club Membership for AJPA Members: Jerusalem Press Club is offering all AJPA members yearly memberships to JPC at the reduced rate of 100 NIS as an ongoing benefit. A fantastic perk: membership in JPC is reciprocal with more than 50 international press clubs around the world. Members of JPC traveling abroad can enjoy the amenities of these international press clubs with an email to JPC to arrange use. To become a JPC member, contact Michal Holzberg at Membership@Jerusalempressclub.com.
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