Assistance

Who can join?

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Who can join?

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is the world’s longest established professional association for journalists. Formed in 1884, the Institute was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria and has been serving the interests of our profession ever since.

Our members are professionals in their field and individuals in attitude. They belong to the Institute because they want to be part of an organisation that is dedicated solely to protecting and serving the best interests of journalists and journalism.

CIoJ members work in all areas of journalism, including:

Book Editing, Feature Writing, Picture Researching, Book Writing, Illustrating, Public Relations, Broadcasting, Photography, Reporting, Cartoons, Photo-journalism, Researching, Crossword Compiling, Production, Sub-Editing/Editing.

If you work in any area of journalism you qualify for membership of the CIoJ.

See also:

Grades of membership

Membership deals

Pension Fund

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Provides a small monthly payment to members who find themselves in financial difficulty once they have retired. The Fund also gives a financial birthday and Christmas gift to its pensioners.


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Benevolent and Widow’s Fund

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Provides grants and interest-free loans to members who may need short term financial assistance. Provides one-off grants to the spouse of members, to help with immediate financial difficulties following their death.


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OakHill and TP O’Connor Fund

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Provides grants towards convalescent and other costs, for members recovering after serious illnesses or medical treatment.


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Orphan Fund

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Through the auspices of its Orphan Fund, the Institute has been looking after the orphans of our members since 1891.

Over the past 10 years the fund has distributed an average of more than £50,000 of support every year.

With investments of more than £1.5 million the fund provides a monthly subsistence grant to its beneficiaries together with a birthday and Christmas gift.

Grants are provided to beneficiaries until they leave full-time education. Should the beneficiary go on to attend university the Fund provides and extra monthly grant towards the cost of accommodation.

From time to time the Fund’s Trustees will consider granting extra support, on a discretionary basis, to help support and further the child’s educational needs.


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