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Ways in which you may apply for membership

Apply online

Complete an on-line application form by clicking the link above.  Don’t forget to enter any reduced first-year subscription offer code in the ‘other details’ section of the form otherwise you may not receive the discount.

Also, part of the process is for a credit card number to be entered for all applications.  Don’t worry, we only debit card numbers once your application has been approved by our accreditation committee.  At that time any discount will be applied.

Download and complete an application form

You may click the link above, print the application form,  complete it by hand and send it to head office (details are on the form or on our contacts page) together with examples of your work and any other bits that demonstrate that you are a bona fide journalist.

Request an information pack to be sent to you

Contact head office and request that  an information pack be sent to you.  The pack with contain an application form together with details of the Institute and the benefits we may offer.

Don’t forget to give us your name, address and postcode.

£50 for two years’ membership

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Are you under 25?
Have you just entered the media industry?
Do you want the protection that the CIoJ may offer?

Very often those who enter the industry for the first time struggle to make ends meet on low wages. In order that you do not miss out on the protection of Institute membership we are offering two-years membership for the introductory price of £50.

The criteria that should be fulfilled in order that you may take advantage of this offer are the same as those for Trainee membership, but in addition to this all applicants should be aged 25 or under.

To take advantage of this offer either download an application form here , or, click here to complete an on-line application . In both instances applicants should send a quick covering note quoting membership offer ‘recip50 4 2‘ .

For further details of this offer please do not hesitate call our Head Office on +44 (0)20 7252 1187.

Categories of membership and subscription rates

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Below you will find a list of membership categories and the requirements you must fulfil in order to gain membership.  Don’t forget to look at the membership deals we have on at the moment and if you have any queries you may call, +44 (0)20 7252 1187, or email memberservices@cioj.co.uk .

  • Full member – Candidates must be solely employed in Journalism or Public Relations for more than one year, or their main source of income is from Journalistic activities.  Subscription rate – £195 pa

 

  • International member – Available to those who apply for FULL membership but who live overseas or work for an overseas employer.  Subscription rate – £133 pa

 

  • Trainee member – Available to candidates who are solely employed in Journalism or Public Relations but who do not possess the one year’s experience for full membership. After a period of one year they will automatically become a Full Member. Subscription rate £97.50, but if you are under 25 this might be reduced to £20 pa. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 

  • Affiliate member – Available to those who work at least part-time in an area related to Journalism. Affiliates do not receive a Press card.  Subscription rate – £133 pa

 

  • Student member – Available to those candidates who are on a full-time training course or scheme in Journalism or Public Relations which is recognised by the Institute. If you are applying for Student membership, please enclose details of the University and course being attended.  Subscription rate – FREE for first year

 

  • Retired member – This grade of membership is only open to existing members of the Institute who cease their writing activities but who wish to remain in contact with the Institute. Retired members do not qualify for a Press card. Subscription rate – £30 pa



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50% off first years membership fee

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The Institute is offering a 50% discount off the first years membership fee, to journalists who are already members of another industry based organisation, such as the London Press Club, or trade union.

All applicants will, of course, have to meet the criteria set by the Institute for membership.

To take advantage of this offer either download an application form here , or, click here to complete an on-line application .  In both instances applicants should send a quick covering note quoting membership offer ‘recip03‘ and giving details of the organisation they are currently a member of.

For further details of this offer please do not hesitate call our Head Office on +44 (0)20 7252 1187.

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.

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Grades of membership

Membership deals