AEJMC Council of Affiliates Member Organizations

American Journalism Historians Association
The mission of AJHA, founded in 1981, is to advance the study of journalism and mass communication history, to foster support for the field, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the teaching and research of journalism and mass communication history. The association considers “journalism history” to mean a continuous process, emphasizing but not necessarily confined to subjects of American mass communications. It should be viewed not in the context of perception of the current decade, but as part of a unique, significant, and time-conditioned past.

American Society of News Editors
The American Society of News Editors advances the cause of quality, independent professional journalism. Founded in 1922 to “defend the profession from unjust assault,” ASNE is primarily an organization of newsroom leaders in the United States. Visit for information on how you might benefit by joining ASNE and how to join. ASNE is 90 years old as an organization and focuses on providing leadership for journalism organizations and academic organizations and for startup journalism endeavors. And, in some ways, we are starting from scratch. This summer ASNE moved its headquarters from Reston, Va., to the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the University of Missouri’s campus in Columbia. It’s symbolic yet practical. Ye, we will partner with you. Yes, we can help you. Yes, you can help ASNE news organizations. “Reynolds is focused on innovation and how to preserve and carry forward the most essential values in journalism, including investigative journalism, the preservation of free speech and First Amendment rights, in ways that can engage the public,” says David Boardman, ASNE vice president and executive editor of the Seattle Times. “That aligns just perfectly with ASNE’s mission, and we saw some great potential for synergy with that organization.” ASNE will join organizations like Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Freedom of Information Coalition in calling the University of Missouri home. In fact, “ASNE’s role is more important than ever,” says Susan Goldberg, ASNE president and Bloomberg News’ executive editor. “The more chaotic and changing and growing our industry is, the more we need effective and ethical leadership of these organizations. ASNE’s job really is to help journalism newsroom leaders manage change and to champion excellent journalism standards. Managing change is one of the most pressing needs of newsroom editors.” In this era of partnerships and collaboration, ASNE is expanding membership to include digital, broadcast and academia. ASNE is all about rebuilding and refocusing its mission. “We want to position ourselves as the thought leaders of journalism on any platform,” Goldberg says.

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
A center of American University’s School of Communication, J-Lab is a catalyst for innovations in journalism that help journalists, educators and citizens use new technologies to launch entrepreneurial news sites, grow access to responsible news and information, and learn how to adapt to the changing digital news ecosystem. J-Lab funds new approaches to journalism, researches what works and shares core insights though its publications, five websites, e-learning modules and in-person training designed to inspire and equip news providers to adapt to the changes. J-Lab has trained more than 6,000 journalists and journalism educators in recent years at its interactive summits, panels and symposia. It is currently focused on supporting and networking entrepreneurial university news startups. This year’s COA/J-Lab luncheon features several of these initiatives. A wrap-up of a recent summit of those sites is here: J-Lab has a respected 10-year track record of turning ideas into action. Our 90 pilot projects have been highly successful, our innovation awards are known throughout the industry, our research is cited regularly by others. Through these and other activities, we create space for experimentation, identify what works, and apply those insights to the future of journalism.

Journalism Education Association
The Journalism Education Association is the largest scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers. Put simply, we educate teachers on how to educate students. We fulfill this goal through numerous activities: We provide training around the country at national conventions and institutes. We offer national certification for teaching high school journalism. We publish print and online resources on the latest trends in journalism education. We provide avenues for virtual discussion among teachers, as well as communities and mentoring to learn best practices. We monitor and actively defend First Amendment and scholastic press rights issues across the country. Among JEA’s more than 2,500 members are journalism teachers and publications advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, radio stations and departments of journalism.

National Federation of Press Women
The National Federation of Press Women is a dynamic nationwide organization of professional women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum. We are a mix of journalists, public relations professionals, editors, designers, free-lance entrepreneurs and authors sharing their knowledge and experience across media platforms. For 75 years, NFPW has promoted the highest ethical standards while looking toward the future by offering professional development, networking and protection of our First Amendment rights. We offer conferences, competitions and recognition, a job bank, a First Amendment Network, discounted libel insurance, and education fund grants to help members take advantage of professional development opportunities. We also support student activities and education with an emphasis on ethics and editorial rights.

NewsGuild-CWA communications
Originally founded by print journalists in 1933, The Newspaper Guild is commonly known today as NewsGuild, a union of 21st century media workers that fights for quality jobs and equality in the workplace; for truth, accuracy and integrity in journalism; for transparency at all levels of government and bureaucracy; and for the freedoms established by the First Amendment. Our 25,000 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are employed in every area of traditional and digital media, as reporters, photographers, editors, designers, advertising sales representatives, circulation workers, business staff and more. We also represent independent translators, interpreters, non-profit organizations’ staff and smaller but growing groups of other employees, including a new unit of ESL (English as a second language) teachers in New York City. As the result of a 1997 merger with the Communications Workers of America, our collective voice is strengthened by 650,000 fellow members and tens of thousands of active retirees. Nationwide, our journalists and other members are frequent guests in classrooms, from elementary schools through college. Several of our locals have also begun teaching community courses in partnership with their newspapers. A unique summer program led by our San Francisco-area local is training college journalists about the media and the value of unionism. We are eager for other opportunities, and invite educators to contact our national headquarters, or the NewsGuild local nearest to them. Contact information and links are online at

Scripps Howard Foundation
Established in 1962, the Scripps Howard Foundation is the corporate philanthropy of The E.W. Scripps Company, a 134-year-old media company with newspapers and TV stations in more than 30 markets and an array of digital products and services, including social games. Mike Philipps ( is president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. The Foundation’s largest expenditures support journalist excellence, diversity and a free press. Among Foundation programs of specific interest to AEJMC members: annual institutes that foster academic leadership skills and the teaching of entrepreneurship as it relates to journalism; twice-monthly “How I Got That Story” webinars offered free of charge to journalism educators, students and professionals; Semester in Washington; Visiting Professors and Professionals in Social Media exchange; multimedia internships for partner school students and a journalism study trip to Japan through a collegiate reporting competition. Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Mass Communication receive general support from the Foundation as do named programs on more than a dozen campuses nationwide. The Foundation’s prestigious Scripps Howard Awards annually honor journalists and college educators with $175,000 in prizes. In addition, the Foundation supports communities in which Scripps does business and the philanthropy and volunteer work of Scripps employees and retirees. Two scholarship programs are offered to employees’ children. For more information about specific programs, contact Sue Porter, vice president/programs, at or visit the Foundation’s website at

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association is committed to the preservation of responsible journalism and the long-term economic strength of newspapers. SNPA provides newspaper executives with information, ideas and best practices to anticipate competitive challenges and grow in an evolving media market. Its innovative training programs focus on issues that are critical to the professional success of the thousands of employees who work for newspapers. In 2013, SNPA will launch an initiative to create a dynamic liaison with journalism schools and departments throughout the Southeast. Journalism educators may join the Association, and are welcome to attend SNPA programs.

SWECJMC is a regional affiliate of AEJMC with member schools in an eight-state region including Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. SWECJMC is the founder of the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal, now also available online at Each fall, SWECJMC hosts a symposium research conference where faculty members and students present referred papers and posters.

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