The following are some useful links to professional associations for journalists, including trade unions. These are some the editors of The News Manual know something about, though we do not specifically endorse any. Where text appears in quotes it is usually taken from their website itself. We show the actual URL so you know exactly where the link will take you.
Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ): "The CAJ promotes excellence in journalism, encouraging investigative journalism. We serve as the national voice of Canadian journalists, and we uphold the public’s right to know."
Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA): "A professional association for working journalists throughout the Commonwealth. ... to bring journalists closer together whether they are working in print, broadcasting, or on-line journalism, and to help raise their status and quality." Based in London, "The CJA has branches in some Commonwealth countries, and members in all."
Hong Kong Journalists Association (HJA): "is run by working journalists for the sole purpose of improving the working environment for the men and women who gather the news in Hong Kong."
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): "The world's largest organisation of journalists. Today the Federation represents around 600.000 members in more than 100 countries. The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists.
The IFJ does not subscribe to any given political viewpoint, but promotes human rights, democracy and pluralism." Based in Brussels, Belgium.
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA): A union for journalists, other media employees and entertainers working in Australia. They organise the annual Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism. The site is mainly for members:
National Union of Journalists (NUJ): The main union for journalists working in Britain. Promotes the interests of its members, especially in relations with employers. Encourages ethical behaviour of journalists through its Code of Conduct. Based in London. Some parts of their web site are restricted to members-only.
The Professional Foreign Correspondents Association (PROFOCA): An organisation for foreign correspondents working in Sweden. Based in Stockholm.
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