Membership


The New York Press Club has been a champion of working journalists and professional communicators for more than 60 years, providing advocacy, information and service to the metro New York press corps.

Applying for membership is straightforward. Select a membership category that best fits your situation. Submit a membership application along with appropriate dues at the Join/Renew page, above. Applications received without the accompanying dues payment will not be considered.

Please note that renewal for all members occur annually during January.  Renewal dues are pro-rated for individuals who join outside the January renewal period.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of the Club’s Board and notice is then sent, usually within three or four days. If for any reason an application is not approved, all fees paid are immediately refunded.

The New York Press Club works to protect the rights of all reporters while providing networking opportunities for journalists and professional communicators to discuss professional issues and affect change.

Lectures, panel discussions, ‘newsmaker’ appearances and other Press Club sponsored functions have covered such topics as threats to freedom of the press, the various threats to investigative reporting, the relationship between the media and government, the role of community newspapers, foreign press coverage of the city of New York and questions about how the press covers itself.

The annual New York Press Club Journalism Awards are a long-standing tradition in New York media, honoring excellence in journalism by writers and reporters who are recognized as being among the best in their fields. The Awards and Installation Dinner at which the year’s awards are formally presented is a highlight on many social calendars.

Our annual Journalism Conference, traditionally staged in conjunction with a local university, has long been recognized as the premier event of its kind in metro New York. In addition to numerous conference tracks and break-outs that feature respected working journalists and academics, the conference offers other elements of useful interest to all ranks: students, journeymen and women and grizzled veterans.

The opportunites of membership in the New York Press Club, professional and otherwise, are boundless – regulated only by the enthusiasm and energy of individual members.

Active:

journalists currently working in print, broadcast or Web news media with at least six months experience in the New York area.
First year’s dues: $45. (Regularly $90. Initiation fee waived.)

Associate:

communications professionals who worked in news for at least five years, at least half that time in the New York area.
Dues: $140. (Includes one-time $15 initiation fee).

Affiliate:

former news professionals who were in the field for less than five years or individuals who have no news media experience but who are currently working in a news-related field.
Dues: $190.00 (Includes one-time $15 initiation fee).

Student:

full-time students whose concentration is in journalism, media or the communication arts.

Dues:

$25.00 (Initiation fee waived for student memberships).

RENEW MEMBERSHIP

Members may renew their affiliation on this page.

Membership in the Club is renewed each January upon payment of dues. New members who joined after June 30th may renew for a second year on a pro-rated basis (Half Year Renewal). New members who joined very late in the previous year (between September 30 and December 31) need not renew until the following January. All members will receive a renewal reminder email that will contain specific renewal information.

FULL YEAR RENEWAL

If you’ve been a member of the Club for a year or more, or for newer members who joined between January 1 and June 30th, renewal is at the full-rate for each category of membership. Click here to renew.

HALF YEAR RENEWAL

For newer members who joined between July 1 and September 30 of the previous year, renewal is at one-half the full-year rate. Click here to renew.

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New York NY 10128-1145

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

Active:

journalists currently working in print, broadcast or Web news media with at least six months experience in the New York area.
Dues: $90.

Associate:

communications professionals who worked in news for at least five years, at least half that time in the New York area.
Dues: $125.

Affiliate:

former news professionals who were in the field for less than five years or individuals who have no news media experience but who are currently working in public relations or communications.
Dues: $175.00.

Student:

full-time students whose concentration is in journalism, media or the communication arts.
Dues: $25.00.

Retired:

current members who have retired from day-to-day journalism and who wish to maintain an affiliation with the New York Press Club.
Dues: $30.

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In Memoriam

Peter O. E. Bekker


The New York Press Club is indebted to Peter O. E. Bekker, former administrator, techie-in-residence, creator of its first website, and good friend. Our new website has been underwritten by Fred Bekker in memory of his brother’s enduring legacy.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

An underwriter of Press Club’s Awards for Journalism ceremony and our Foundation’s annual Holiday Party for charity. Con Edison Inc. has been supplying the energy that powers New York for more than 180 years.

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