Press clubs have many benefits for both journalists and the media outlets they work for. Since journalists rarely have the opportunity to speak about themselves, press clubs act as the platform where journalists can interact with each other, learn more from one another, and grow in their careers. If you are thinking of joining a press club, you should first check to see if you meet the criteria of becoming a member.
Joining a Press Club
- Identify as a media practitioner: As the name suggests, being a member of a press club will need you to be an identified member of the press. It would be best if you were a full-time journalist. Alternatively, you need to prove that at least half of your annual salary is derived from your work as a journalist.
- Work for a media house of repute: A requirement to be admitted as a member of a press club is for you to be working full time or on a part-time basis as a member of a reputable media house. It can be a digital media house, a newspaper, broadcasting platform or a magazine.
- Pay a membership fee: You will need to be a fully paid member before you become eligible to participate in the activities of the press club. The amount of money that is paid is always determined by the rules and regulations of the club. Students generally pay a lower fee.
- Be a qualified journalist: Long gone are days when journalism was considered a vocation where all one needed was talent. These days, you have to go to journalism school and qualify before you are deemed to be a journalist. Press clubs also set the same criteria when admitting members, and you will have to show that you have studied the basics of journalism. Full-time journalists are allowed.