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
Editors of newspapers, magazines, and (increasingly) online services have a variety of associations to serve their needs. As with so many journalism organizations, these groups are heavily alike in make-up and function. They focus on specified types of editors, hold annual conventions, give awards for high-quality accomplishment, and support various educational endeavors. Their prime purpose is to provide an effective means for exchanging mutually useful idea exchanges. Less often, they may become involved in lobbying efforts for matters of concern. Several have developed codes of ethics. Some of the groups have active local chapters. At least two are co-located with academic journalism programs. Journalists are joiners and that is one reason there are so many such organizations. Networking also comes naturally to journalists in their daily work. Editors are concerned, of course, with the overall daily operation of the editorial side of their publications or electronic news operations, and that ...