The following are some useful links to associations of media organisations, both public and commercial. 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.
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU): "is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasting organisations, formed in 1964 to facilitate the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region and to organise co-operative activities amongst its members. The ABU provides a forum for promoting the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters, and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters." Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Broadcast Journalism Training Council: The BJTC is a partnership of all the main employers in the UK broadcast industry, the NUJ and Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio-visual industries. Associate members comprise of nearly 30 colleges and universities and nearly 50 courses. Together, they set the criteria for course accreditation and then send teams of professional journalists and tutors to inspect courses and provide advice. Secretariat in Lincolnshire.
Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA): "A non-profit organization, representing Canadian daily newspapers (English and French) with circulations ranging from 3,500 to more than 500,000 per day." Based in Toronto.
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA): "The national industry body representing Australia's commercial radio broadcasters. Established as the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters (FARB) ... and changed its name to Commercial Radio Australia Limited in 2002. Has 260 members, representing 99% of commercial radio licensees on air." Based in Sydney.
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA): "The CBA is funded by subscription from members of the major public service broadcasters of the Commonwealth." It helps public broadcasters network and share resources, runs award schemes and assists with training. Based in London.
Commonwealth Press Union (CPU): "is an association whose members are newspaper groups (some with several hundred newspapers), newspapers and news agencies in 49 countries of the Commonwealth.
These are represented with the CPU by their proprietors, publishers or senior executives." Based in London.
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA): "the national peak body for community radio and television stations. We provide leadership, advocacy and support for our members to actively provide independent broadcasting services and to build and strengthen local communities." Based in Sydney.
[The CBAA also has a public website CBOnline]
European Broadcasting Union (EBU): "is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world. We promote cooperation between broadcasters and facilitate the exchange of audiovisual content. The EBU works to ensure that the crucial role of public service broadcasters is recognised and taken into consideration by decision-makers." Based in Geneva, Switzerland.
European Publishers Council (EPC): "A high level group of chairmen and CEOs of leading European media corporations .... Many EPC members also have significant interests in commercial television and radio. [Founded] with the express purpose of reviewing the impact of proposed European legislation on the press, and then expressing an agreed opinion to the initiators of the legislation, politicians and opinion-formers ."
Fiji Media Council: "A group of responsible media organisations and public-spirited individuals whose role overall is to promote and encourage quality journalism. Of the current 14 members, seven are media companies and seven are private individuals." Based in Suva, Fiji.
Free TV Australia: "An industry body which represents all of Australia's commercial free-to-air television licencees. The organisation provides a forum for discussion of industry matters and is the public voice of the industry on a wide range of issues." Based in Sydney.
National Ethnic & Multicultural Broadcasters' Council (NEMBC): "The peak body for ethnic community broadcasters [in Australia]. The NEMBC develops policy, advocates on behalf of broadcasters, organises the annual national conference and provides networking opportunities and various resources to broadcasters." Based in Melbourne.
New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation: "A voluntary organisation funded by newspaper, magazine, radio and television companies. All major media employers belong to it. The JTO's brief is to guide and foster training and to raise standards generally. It does this by setting qualifications and training standards for journalism schools." Based in Wellington.
Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) is "is the main professional association of the Pacific Islands news media. It links radio and TV stations, newspapers, magazines, online services, national associations of news media practitioners and journalism school in 23 Pacific Island countries and territories." Runs a news exchange service and organises training. Based in Suva, Fiji.
World Association of Newspapers (WAN): "has three major objectives: Defending and promoting press freedom and the economic independence of newspapers as an essential condition for that freedom. Contributing to the development of newspaper publishing by fostering communications and contacts between newspaper executives from different regions and cultures. Promoting co-operation between its member organisations, whether national, regional or worldwide." Based in Paris.
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