December 11, 2018

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CLUB OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Overseas Press Club of America founded in 1939 in New York City by a group of foreign correspondents are to maintain an international association of journalists working in the United States and abroad to encourage the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in the reporting of news to help educate a new generation of journalists to contribute to the freedom and independence of journalists and the press throughout the world, and to work toward better communication and understanding among people.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND DUES

New members must pay a one-time $25 initiation fee, which is included in the totals below. Members 29 and under are exempt from the initiation fee. Please click on the appropriate “Apply” button below a fill out the electronic form.

    Active
   

Candidates must be presently engaged in journalistic work as their principal professional activity and source of earned income.

This category includes working journalists, foreign correspondents, stringers and freelancers as well as publishers, editors, reporters, writers, columnists, bloggers, photographers camerapeople, newscasters, commentators and others of equivalent position and editorial authority.

ACTIVE RESIDENT & NON RESIDENT

a. working journalists who have been employed by, and freelancers frequently published by, established news organizations for at least two cumulative years.

b. authors of professional works of journalism especially on foreign affairs.

ACTIVE OVERSEAS

a. foreign correspondents who are on assignment abroad as full-time staff members of established news organizations.

b. frequently published freelancers and stringers employed abroad by established news organizations.

 

 
RESIDENT
NON-
RESIDENT
OVERSEAS
 
29 or under 30-34 over 34
$20
Active Young Resident
$125
Active Young Resident
$400
Active Resident
$20
Active Young Non-Resident
$125
Active Young Non-Resident
$200
Active Non-Resident
$20
Active Young Overseas
$125
Active Young Overseas
$200
Active Overseas
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    Associate
   

ASSOCIATE RESIDENT & NON RESIDENT

a. not currently working in a fulltime journalistic capacity, buthaving previously accumulated minimum of two years with established news organizations.

b. journalists employed by government owned news organizations.

c. public information and public relations representatives of agencies of national governments or intergovernmental organizations.

d. professional editors, publishers and agents of nonfiction books, especially those dealing with international affairs.

e. current representatives of non-profit organizations involved with newsworthy activities of interest to the Club.

f. journalism professors.

ASSOCIATE OVERSEAS

Same as above, but living outside the United States.

 

 
RESIDENT
NON-
RESIDENT
OVERSEAS
 
29 or under 30-34 over 34
$20
Associate Young Resident
$125
Associate Young Resident
$400
Associate Resident
$20
Associate Young Non-Resident
$125
Associate Young Non-Resident
$200
Associate Non-Resident
$20
Associate Young Overseas
$125
Associate Young Overseas
$200
Associate Overseas
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Student*   Retired*   Affiliate*

Registered student in a graduate or undergraduate journalism school.

 

Active or Associate residents who are fully retired from income-earning activity may be eligible for Retired status and a reduction in dues, and should submit a written request to the Admissions Committee.

 

Affiliate membership may be offered by one or more members of the Board of Governors to those whose business or professional work involves a close relationship with or interest in the field of journalism and to diplomatic or other government officials whose association with the Club will advance its objectives.

*registered
$20
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*officially retired
$175
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*non-journalist
$525
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REINSTATEMENT

Former members of the OPC who wish to apply for reinstatement must send a letter to the Admissions Committee stating the facts of their current professions al status and any pertinent information including approximate dates of their former membership. The initiation fee will be waived, but a new application form must be submitted so that the Club has a current record. Each application will be considered on an individual basis with the category of reinstated membership corresponding to the applicants present occupation.

AFFILIATE MEMBER (NON-VOTING)

Affiliate membership may be offered by one or more members of the Board of Governors to those whose business or professional work involves a close relationship with or interest in the field of journalism and to diplomatic or other government officials whose association with the Club will advance its objectives.

$100 Initiation Fee must accompany the application.
Dues payable annually on October 1: $500.

DEFINITIONS

RESIDENT : lives or has a principal place of business within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle, New York City, according to a special map published by the Hagstrom Map Company.

NON-RESIDENT: lives or works beyond the 50-mile radius as defined above.

ESTABLISHED NEWS ORGANIZATION: includes recognized and (regularly) established print and electronic news agencies, newspapers, press syndicates, broadcasting networks and stations and magazines. It does not include promotional publications or house organs of any government, organization or movement.