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
Special Interest Journalism Organizations
Christopher H. Sterling
As noted elsewhere, journalists are joiners. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than among the host of specialized journalism organizations—essentially those not covered in other organizational entries. It seems there is hardly a professional journalism role that does not boast at least one association for the sharing of ideas, best practices, and concerns about policy or economic incursions into the work of members. Some of the groups noted below have formed because they could not join existing organizations. This was true of several women's journalism groups that were controlled by and limited to male membership for decades. Likewise, photographers came together in two different groups in the mid-1940s to seek more overt recognition for the creative efforts of their members in an era when photographs were rarely credited. So did editorial cartoonists, the most famous of whom were widely recognized and could thus help form an association to support the ...