Better Know A Media Org: ASJA

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out, except for today because we forgot one yesterday! How lame is that? Anyway, we’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.
asja-logo.pngToday: American Society of Journalists And Authors (ASJA)

About the organization:

The American Society of Journalists and Authors, the professional association of independent nonfiction writers, helps freelance writers advance their careers. Members share candid data on writing rates, publishing contracts, editors, agents and more.

Number of members: 1,200

To join, you must:
“We look for sustained evidence that you have written, on a freelance basis, full-length bylined magazine or newspaper articles in major publications published over a substantial period of time, or have had non-fiction books published by established publishers, or other equivalent freelance activity, as described below. Many writers submit a mix of credits, such as a book, a book chapter, several articles, and an Internet piece.”

You’ll get:
ASJA Job Board
PayCheck reports
Listing in the ASJA Freelance Writer Search

And for that, you’ll pay:
$50 nonrefundable application fee
$75 initiation fee
$195 yearly