Better Know A Media Org: ASME

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asme-logo.gifToday: American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME)

About the organization:

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a non-profit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines which are edited, published and distributed in the U.S.  Among other things, ASME works to preserve editorial independence and speaks out on public policy issues, particularly those pertaining to the First Amendment.

Number of members: 850

To join, you must:
“”Regular Members are senior level editors, photography editors and art directors of qualified print and online magazines.  Qualified print magazines are defined as magazines that are edited, published and distributed in the U.S. at least four times a year.  Editors of company publications and newsletters are not eligible.  Qualified online magazines are defined as Internet sites whose primary function is to inform or entertain rather than to sell products or promote a business (i.e., online stores and advertiser sites are not eligible).  If the site is part of a large corporate site or portal, the editorial component must be clearly delineated.  An online editor is defined as an editor, designer or producer who makes key creative decisions about the content, tone and point of view of a Web site. 
ASME NEXT Members are junior level editorial staff members with up to five years of editorial experience. NEXT members are non-voting members of ASME.”

You’ll get:
The National Magazine Awards
An internship matching program
Career workshops

And for that, you’ll pay:
Regular – $395 annually
ASME NEXT – $185 annually