About the club

Membership of The Birmingham Press Club is comprised of journalists, media and communications professionals, media students and representatives of the region’s business community.

With its well-documented history, Birmingham Press Club maintains an important link with the Midlands media industry. We place great emphasis on mentoring young journalists, engaging with the local press through serious debate and remaining a strong voice in journalism. 

Our events are many and varied, ranging from the purely social, such as our monthly networking evenings and ever-popular Christmas lunch, to celebrity luncheons and flagship events such as the Midlands Media Awards and Midlands Media Students Awards.

 
 

future events

Birmingham Press Club hosts regular 'drop-in' nights on the first Thursday of every month. Held at various venues around the city, the networking events are open to all members.

The Midlands Media Awards take place annually in the Autumn, whilst the Midlands Media Student Awards are held in the Spring. 

Other events include lectures, panel discussions and celebrity lunches. Birmingham Press Club-hosted functions have covered such topics as threats to freedom of the Press, the future of the media, the relationship between the media and government, the role of the local Press and the responsibility of the media.

For information and reminders on all of our upcoming events, follow us on Twitter or like our page on Facebook.

Membership and its privileges

For full-time working journalists, membership of the Press Club is £15. 

To be eligible for this, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be employed wholly or part time in a journalistic capacity by a recognised media organisation i.e. newspaper or magazine publisher or broadcast organisation.
  • Obtain at least 50 per cent of their earned annual income from journalism.
  • Hold a recognised accredited vocational journalistic qualification i.e. NCTJ or NCE.
  • Be a current member of the National Union of Journalists.
  • Have an active blog page.

For all retired journalists, membership of the Press Club is £5.

For Student Journalists, membership of the Press Club is £5.

To be eligible for this, an applicant must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student on a recognised journalism or media course.
  • Be on a recognised apprenticeship scheme in the print or broadcast industry.
  • Be a Member of the NUJ. 

For those who do not meet the above criteria, membership of the Press Club is £25.

If you have any further questions regarding membership of the Birmingham Press Club, please contact pressclub@clivereeves.com

MIDLANDS MEDIA AWARDS

The Midlands Media Awards is our flagship event and celebrates the best in journalism.

Entries for the awards are judged by a panel of experienced journalists, photographers and specialists in the communications industry.

This year, seven of the 16 categories are also open to media students who are on recognised courses at universities and colleges in the region. Entries are open until 12 August 2017, find out more here.

The categories – ranging from Newspaper of the Year to Blogger of the Year - will this year take place at Canalside, the waters-edge facility located within The Cube on November 2nd. HSBC is the the headline sponsor.

For further information regarding the awards, sponsorship opportunities and tickets contact Lotty Harper at Milk and Mayo event management on 07815 831 554 or email lotty@milkandmayo.com

To stay up to date with the all the latest news on the Midlands Media Awards, including deadlines for entry, follow us on Twitter.

For photos of all of our previous Midlands Media Awards, please visit our Facebook page.

Sponsorship

We are delighted to again welcome HSBC as our headline sponsor.

There are many other ways to get involved with the club, and we welcome all types of sponsorship. This can be by through hosting a table at one of our events, providing raffle prizes to supporting a celebrity lunch.

For information regarding sponsoring, please contact Lotty Harper at Milk and Mayo event management on 07815 831 554 or email lotty@milkandmayo.com