Membership Information

Membership categories and pricing

Policy guidelines

Generally, membership can't be extended to anyone who:

  • works as a public relations professional, whether agency, institutional or government,

  • pitches stories to news media or oversees anyone who does, or

  • writes for an internal newsletter or website that does not seek external viewpoints.

The membership committee makes decisions on applicants that do not fit neatly into the professional, associate or allied categories. There are four questions used to help determine whether you are eligible for membership. The questions are helpful to our membership committee in reviewing applicants.

  1. Do you pitch stories to the media, do media relations or oversee anyone who does?

  2. In the articles you write or edit that appear in your publication, on your website or are aired by your organization, are you limited from seeking out points of view different from those of your organization or from people unaffiliated with your organization?

  3. Is your primary role to create or oversee promotional material for your organization?

  4. Are you a health care provider or do you provide consulting or other paid services to health care companies or advocacy organizations?

If answering "yes" to any of these questions, you will be asked to briefly explain.


Professional

  • Journalists employed by newspapers, wire/news services, online news organizations, or general circulation magazines without ownership ties to the health industry.
  • Journalists employed by commercial or publicly supported television or radio stations without health care industry ties.
  • Journalists employed by industry trade publications or newsletters without health care industry ties.
  • Full-time faculty in journalism or mass communication degree programs.
  • Freelance journalists who spend at least 50% of their time working for independent news organizations, do not pitch stories to other journalists nor work in any media relations role. (NOTE: Freelancers spending most of their time working for organizations mentioned under the Associate category, will be considered for the Associate category.)

Benefits: Professional members are eligible for all rights and benefits.

  • $60 one-year membership

  • $108 two-year membership (Save 10%)

  • $153 three-year membership (Save 15%)

Join as Professional

Associate

Benefits: Associate members are eligible for all rights and benefits except voting, serving on the board, and transition assistance. Associate members may serve on committees along with professional and allied members.


Journalist/Faculty:

  • Journalists who write or edit for peer-reviewed medical or science journals published by associations or trade groups.
  • Freelance journalists who spend less than 50% of their time working for independent news organizations, and who do not pitch stories to other journalists nor have any media relations role.
  • Journalists who, in their primary job, write for or edit for trade group publications with health care industry ties, associations, or advocacy organizations, but who do not pitch stories to other writers or oversee others who do.
  • Journalists who write for or edit health company-owned publications or websites (without pitching stories to other journalists nor working in any media relations role.)
  • Journalists, who in their primary job, write for or edit government publications/websites (without pitching stories to other journalists nor working in any media relations role.)
  • Full-time faculty in non-journalism degree programs.

Associate category journalists & faculty members:

  • $60 one-year membership

  • $108 two-year membership (Save 10%

  • $153 three-year membership (Save 15%)


Student or Retiree:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in journalism or non-journalism studies.
  • Retirees who were formerly full-time journalists and who are not now working for another organization or freelancing.

Students / Retired journalists

  • $30 one-year membership

  • $54 two-year membership (Save 10%)

  • $76 three-year membership (Save 15%)

Join as Associate

Allied

Benefits: Allied members are eligible for all rights and benefits except voting, serving on the board, transition assistance, and posting to the email discussion list or freelance directory. Allied members may serve on committees along with professional and associate members.


Allied-Health Care Provider

Health care providers who have part-time roles writing columns, blogging, broadcasting, or otherwise reporting health information to the public through independent or non-independent news organizations. (Full-time health reporters who have health professional licenses could qualify for other categories depending on their employers. In no case can they join if they pitch stories to journalists or oversee others who do.)

Health care providers

  • $60 one-year membership

  • $108 two-year membership (Save 10%)

  • $153 three-year membership (Save 15%)


Allied-Foundation Official

Officials with nonpartisan/nonprofit and independent foundations that focus on health, health care, or journalism issues; or nonprofit organizations focused on journalism.

Foundation officials

  • $90 one-year membership

  • $162 two-year membership (Save 10%)

  • $230 three-year membership (Save 15%)

Join as Allied