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


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.

The categories – ranging from Newspaper of the Year to Blogger of the Year - will this year take place at Birmingham Repertory  Theatre on Thursday, October 20th. HSBC is the the headline sponsor.

For further information on the Awards please contact Paula Kelsey or Charlotte Widdowson at Cloud 9 Event Management on 0115 933 3811 or e-mail charlotte@cloud9em.co.uk or paula@cloud9em.co.uk

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.


We are delighted that HSBC announced this year that it's sponsoring Birmingham Press Club. This is part of a three year package from one of the biggest employers in the city.

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 j.lamb@birmingham-chamber.com