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The Society of Environmental Journalists empowers the journalists who tell the world's stories.

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Why join the Society of Environmental Journalists?


NOTE: SEJ members committed to improving diversity in the newsroom and improving the quality of news coverage of issues faced by minorities will be interested in this member benefit: SEJ members will get a one-year complimentary membership to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and will be eligible for the discounted member registration rate to attend their annual conference, Excellence in Journalism, September 5-7, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. NAHJ membership benefits. Log on to SEJ's Discounts for Members page to retrieve the code to join NAHJ for free.



Am I eligible?

SEJ membership is open to journalists, and students and faculty at an accredited school or university. Those whose professional work includes public relations on environmental issues, or lobbying for environmental issues, are not eligible for membership in SEJ. For more information about eligibility, see SEJ's Bylaws and Membership Policies.


What are the membership categories?

ACTIVE: Individuals primarily engaged in the gathering, reporting, writing, editing, photographing, producing or cartooning of news for dissemination by regularly published, general circulation newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, as well as radio and television stations and networks, online media, books, news services and other media available to the general public. Neither Active Members nor their employers shall engage in lobbying or public relations work relating to environmental issues.

ACADEMIC: An individual is eligible to be an Academic Member if he or she is on the full-time faculty or is a student at an accredited college, university or other school and has an interest in environmental issues. Part-time faculty may qualify if they meet other criteria. Academic Members shall not engage in lobbying or public relations work relating to environmental issues.

ASSOCIATE: Individuals substantially engaged in journalism or who work in fields that closely relate to journalism yet are ineligible for active membership, either because journalism is not the primary occupation or because the applicant's employer lobbies or conducts public relations work relating to environmental issues, and, in the majority opinion of the Board of Directors or its designee(s), will contribute to the attainment of the objectives of the Society. Associate Members shall not engage in lobbying or public relations work relating to environmental issues.


How much are the dues?

In recognition of differential income levels between countries, rates for members outside the U.S. and Canada are linked to World Bank rankings for high, middle and low income countries. Members in all countries can use retiree or student rates, if applicable. Note: Funds are in US dollars.


Type of Membership 1st Year Dues Renew 1 Year Renew 2 Years Renew 3 Years
Standard $40 $70 $120 $180
Student $25 $40 $65 $90
Retired $40 $40 $55 $75
Low & Middle Income Countries $15 $20 $35 $45



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