Join AAJA 

With more than 1,700 members throughout the United States and Asia, AAJA serves a variety of needs. AAJA members are staff, reporters and freelance journalists for digital, print and broadcast media. Members also include students interested in careers in journalism and former journalists in public relations, academia and other fields that support AAJA’s mission. There are many benefits available to AAJA members:

  • Discounted tickets and early access to AAJA networking and community events

  • Discounted registration for AAJA convention

  • Early access to career opportunities via bi-weekly online newsletter

  • Entry fee waiver for AAJA’s national journalism awards contest

  • Recognition on of special achievements or career moves

  • Significant discounts on UPS, AP online stylebook, Poynter on-site courses, CUNY J+ workshops and courses, AARP membership and other services (for access to these benefits, please email

  • There are additional benefits for members who upgrade to Gold or Platinum membership. Read on to see which membership is right for you.

AAJA membership is based on the calendar year, January to December, regardless of when dues are received. 

There are three ways to obtain a registration form for membership:

1. Click here to register online.

2. Click here (PDF) to download a printable copy of the AAJA membership form.

3. Contact AAJA directly for a membership application form.

Phone: (415) 346-2051


Member testimonials


Charlie Kadado

"AAJA has helped me grow professionally and build a network of mentors and journalism friends around the country. The organization has helped me connect with recruiters from major media outlets, many of whom I still keep in touch with today. I'm grateful to belong to a group of like-minded people who believe in the diverse and innovative future of news." 

Kiran Saini

"The Asian American Journalists Association has been an enormous professional help for me. Joining the Michigan chapter allowed me to get to know other journalism professionals on an intimate basis and network. It also gave me a sense of belonging, knowing there are Asians representing newsrooms across the country. AAJA Michigan offers endless opportunities, especially for college students."

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Sarah Rahal

"After only being in AAJA for less than a year, I was able to attend the 2016 national convention as a VOICES student in Las Vegas. Through the program, I covered the presidential Town Hall and report on national topics including, 'Asians projected to become largest immigrant group in U.S. in 50 years.' I became versatile in every aspect of creating the story from writing to jumping in front of the camera and editing the story.  I returned to Detroit and became more involved with the chapter because I knew it would be the best professional prepping possible– it has been and much more."