Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Christopher H. Sterling
Journalists are joiners. It is the rare reporter, writer, editor, or publisher who is not a part of some journalism organization. This seems especially true when you scan the number of different groups that cater to almost any conceivable writing interest—or the varied ethnic backgrounds of news people. They all share several attributes: providing a basis for exchange of views (conferences and, more recently, websites), educational features (workshops, scholarships), publications (sometimes online), and various awards to recognize superior performance. Some take on advocacy roles, especially with Washington, D.C.–based policymakers. Virtually all are nonprofit in nature. This entry is one of several that briefly describe selected journalism organizations (there are too many to include all, and they come and go over time), so readers should also check additional organizational categories noted under “see also.” What follows is based closely on information in the association websites. A number of organizations appeal to ...