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There are four categories of AMEJA memberships: 

Full: Professional journalists whose primary career activity is in the realm of journalism and are based in North America (USA or Canada) or are working abroad for a North American-based or a Global media company recognized by the Board. Applicants who do not meet these criteria might be given a waiver by the Board provided they demonstrate they would be a special asset to the organization. Full members have the right to vote in organization elections or referenda, and they may serve on the Board of Directors.

Associate: Communications professionals, public interest publicists, scholars, academics, teachers, former journalists or other individuals who believe in AMEJA’s Mission, Principles, or goals may join as Associate members. Associate membership is not limited to residents of North America.  Associate members cannot vote in Board elections or run for Board seats.

Student:  Student members will be individuals with an interest in journalism who are enrolled in full or part-time education institutions. Student members must provide to AMEJA proof of their student status. Student members cannot vote in Board elections or run for Board seats., however, the Board might, at its discretion, appoint a non-voting student liaison. 

Sustainer: This option is for anyone who would like to support AMEJA's mission at a higher rate. It may also include retired journalists.  

Affiliate:  Journalists who are based outside of North America and work for local or regional media companies that do not normally have global reach may apply for Affiliate Membership.  Affiliate members must demonstrate that they are working primarily as journalists in some capacity.  Affiliate members cannot vote in Board elections or run for Board seats.

Regardless of category, all members are required to commitment to promoting, fulfilling, and furthering of AMEJA’s Mission and accepting AMEJA’s Statement of Principles. All members, regardless of category, must also accept and honor the terms of AMEJA’s Code of Conduct, and to pay any dues set by the Board.  Employees of state or government entities or agencies, are ineligible for all categories of AMEJA membership.  An exception might be made for individuals working in state or state-supported educational or independently governed media institutions.

**If you are facing financial hardship and would like to discuss payment options, please contact us at membership@ameja.org**

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