AEJMC Council of Affiliates


The Council provides the perfect opportunity to be involved in journalism/communication education. It provides a forum for discussions, cooperation and learning from one another. We believe that together, academia and industry can accomplish much. All AEJMC Council of Affiliates members are recognized in association publications, are involved in Council of Affiliates mailings, and are invited to special convention sessions and to co-sponsor other conference programs with AEJMC divisions.


AEJMC Council of Affiliates membership offers organizations and associations a unique opportunity to work with and get to know journalism and mass communication faculty and administrators. The 28 organizations currently members of the Council of Affiliates include more than 150,000 professional communicators and 16,000 businesses and associations interested in journalism and mass communication education. Learn about the benefits of becoming one of our prestigious regular or sustaining Council of Affiliates members today!

Current and Past Activities

  • Council of Affiliates Research Grant
    A new research grant is available from AEJMC’s Council of Affiliates. The purpose of the grant is to locate current journalism and mass communication research that has new and compelling applications that would impact industries.
  • Annual Industry Research Forum
    The Council of Affiliates of AEJMC sponsors this annual Industry Research Forum designed to strengthen the academy/industry link. The interdependence between the academy and the professional and industry organizations serves to provides an opportunity for collaboration on research that can benefit everyone.
  • Research You Can Use
    AEJMC, “Research You Can Use” highlights research from AEJMC refereed journals that may interest journalists and others for use in continuing education. A PDF version of all participating articles are available for download.

Member Organizations

American Journalism Historians Association • Founded in 1981, AJHA exists to foster research and teaching of journalism history, to provide a forum, and to be a resource. The association defines journalism in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of mass communication studies. More>

Arthur W. Page Society • The Arthur W. Page Society is a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession.

The Associated Press Media Editors • The Associated Press Media Editors is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of newsroom leaders and journalism educators that works closely with The Associated Press to promote journalism excellence.

Chinese Communication Association • A non-profit organization registered in the State of Minnesota, U.S.A., the Chinese Communication Association is designed to serve the Chinese communication research community.

College Media Association • College Media Association has been working since 1954 to help student media professionals improve their media operations (collegiate newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, radio, television, online, or cable operations in any capacity).

Columbia Scholastic Press Association • Founded in 1925, the Association unites student editors and faculty advisers working with them to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media.

Dow Jones News Fund • The News Fund is a national foundation supported by Dow Jones & Co., Inc., Dow Jones Foundation and others within the news industry. Our emphasis is on education for students and educators as part of our mission to promote careers in journalism.

Hearst Journalism Awards Program • The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, was founded in 1960, to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level.

The Institute for Public Relations • Chartered as The Foundation for Public Relations Research and Education in 1956, The Institute for Public Relations (IPR) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to research in, on and for public relations. We investigate the science beneath the art of public relations™. We focus on research that matters to the practice, providing timely insights and applied intelligence that professionals can put to immediate use.

Investigative Reporters and Editors • Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.

Journalism Education Association • Established in 1924, the JEA association educates teachers how to educate students through providing training around the country at national conventions and institutes, offering national certification for teaching high school journalism and by publishing print and online resources on the latest trends in journalism education. More>

The Korean American Communication Association • The Korean American Communication Association is an organization dedicated to serving the academic and social needs of Korean communication scholars and students in North America.

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. More>

The News Media Alliance • The News Media Alliance membership reflects the convergence of all news content organizations into multi-media entities in an industry that has evolved into a multi-platform business– publishing thoughtful original content via print, digital and a combination of formats.


The NewsGuild-CWA • The NewsGuild-CWA seeks to improve our lives through commitment to open democratic function we improve not only our own organization and the lives of our members, but fight most effectively for our common interests: sustainable jobs, equality in the workplace, dignified working conditions and the defense of ethical practices in our work.

Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations • The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations was established at The University of Alabama in 2005 to develop and support leadership in public relations education and practice.

Poynter Institute for Media Studies • The Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses.

Public Relations Society of America • Chartered in 1947, PRSA provides professional development, sets standards of excellence and upholds principles of ethics for its members and, more broadly, the multi-billion dollar global public relations profession.

Quill and Scroll Society • Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was organized April 10, 1926, at the University of Iowa by renowned pollster George H. Gallup and a group of high school advisers for the purpose of encouraging and recognizing individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press • For more than 40 years, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has provided free legal advice, resources, support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and Freedom of Information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies, regardless of the medium in which their work appears.

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. More>

The Shorenstein Center • The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard University research center dedicated to exploring and illuminating the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice.

Society of Professional Journalists • Founded in 1909, SPJ is a professional organization that includes broadcast, print and online journalists, journalism educators, and students interested in journalism as a career. The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.

Southern Newspaper Publishers Association • The 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. More>

Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication • SWECJMC has 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. More>

Student Press Law Center • The Student Press Law Center is an advocate for student First Amendment rights, for freedom of online speech, and for open government on campus. The SPLC provides information, training and legal assistance at no charge to student journalists and the educators who work with them.

Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars• Founded in 1975, TWC is a unique educational center based on a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework and real-life challenges.

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