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2013 NFPW Communications Conference attendees discovered "Unique, Unbelievable Utah."

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"Being a member of NFPW reinforces my belief in the need we all have to belong; to be able to connect because of shared experiences without necessarily having to always explain the ins and outs of the business. Inasmuch as I can't imagine my life not having been a journalist, likewise, I can't imagine my life had I not been a member of NFPW and Media Women of South Carolina." — Meg Hunt, South Carolina and former NFPW president

Membership in NFPW is a solid investment in your career, providing opportunities to develop your professional skills, receive recognition for your work, network with peers, protect the First Amendment, and nurture the next generation of communicators.

When you join NFPW, you also join the state affiliate (if available). Some affiliates require work samples to be submitted with the application. If your state doesn't have an NFPW affiliate, you may join as an at-large member.

See below for more good reasons to join and instructions for submitting your application.


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Five For Four — Membership Savings Program

Member Recruitment Incentive: Five NFPW memberships for the price of four!

Companies can benefit too . . .

A company can pay for four memberships using one corporate check or credit card payment and get the fifth one free! Just send in the five membership applications with payment. No need to fill out the form mentioned to the left.

We offer five full NFPW memberships for the price of four full-paid ones in any calendar year.

To be eligible, the member who brings in four new members must submit the 5-for-4 Member Recruitment Form (doc/pdf) to NFPW, either by e-mail or snail mail. It must be signed by the member and the affiliate president. All the new members must join in one calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31.) National and state affiliate dues must be paid for the four new members before the form is turned in. When NFPW verifies the form, it will register the fifth member from that state at no charge.

  • Only full-time memberships are eligible. This does not apply to retirees or students, who pay lower membership fees.
  • Members must be new. Previous NFPW members are not eligible unless they have not been members for at least five years.

Members can use this benefit any way they choose. They can offer a gift membership to a new member who is having tough financial times. They can offer it as a prize for excellent work in the contest. Or, the five people can share the prize, with each getting a few dollars off their regular membership.

We will also enter the name of any member who recruits 10 professional members into a drawing for free conference registration.

How to Join

Sign up now and start networking! When you're a member of NFPW, you'll have supportive colleagues and friends throughout the nation. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Choose membership level:

  • Professional: Any communicator actively engaged in any aspect of communications for remuneration.
  • Student: Students enrolled full- or part-time in a college or university communications program or related field; and those working in the communications field who are enrolled in classes.
  • Retired: NFPW members in good standing for at least five years who no longer receive substantial remuneration for work in the communications field.
  • At-large: Communicators living in a state with no NFPW affiliate. At-large members pay only national dues in the professional, student or retired category, and may compete as an at-large entrant in the annual communications contest.

2. Select an affiliate and confirm requirements

Check our list of state affiliates to find one near you. Contact the affiliate to introduce yourself and confirm requirements for membership. Some require work samples to be submitted with the application. You'll compete in the affiliate's communications contest and are eligible to participate in the affiliate's activities.

3. Calculate dues total

Check the state dues chart (below) to calculate your total NFPW, state, and local chapter (Kansas only) dues. (At-large members pay only national dues.) Our dues cycle is based on the calendar year. If you join between April and August, you'll receive a $20 coupon toward the following year's dues when you renew. If you join between September and December, dues paid will cover the entire following year

NFPW National Dues
  • Professional: $80
  • Student: $25
  • Retired: $30
  • Premium: $140
State Affiliate Dues
  • State Dues Chart
    (.pdf)
    (Updated September 2017)

4. Submit application, payment, and work samples

Submit your application, payment, and work samples:

  • By Fax: Use a printable form and pay by credit card. Fax application and work samples (if required) to NFPW at the number below.
  • By Mail: Use a printable form, pay by check or credit card, and mail with work samples (if required) to our address below. Make checks payable to National Federation of Press Women.

Application forms:

Mailing Address:
NFPW Membership Department
PO Box 3007
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Fax: 804/335-1296

5. Start networking!

Please allow 21 days to process your application. When complete, you can log in to the members-only page, get acquainted with your state affiliate, and start contacting fellow NFPW members! Be sure to download your NFPW membership card and carry it proudly!

For more information on joining NFPW, contact us at info@nfpw.org.


Good Reasons to Join

  • Conference and Professional Development
    Hear speakers at the top of their fields and network with peers from across the nation at our annual professional development conference, with a discounted registration rate for NFPW members. Our affiliates host conferences, local meetings, and professional development seminars across the country, throughout the year.
  • Job Bank
    Get the inside scoop on job openings from coast-to-coast, in all fields of communications — from entry level positions to those for seasoned pros — with our members-only Job Bank.
  • Discounted Libel Insurance
    Feel more secure with libel insurance at a discounted rate for members. The plan covers legal defense costs, damages and protection from lawsuits. It's the ideal cost-effective solution for freelancers and those writing independently. The libel insurance is ONLY available to members that have purchased a PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP.
  • Education Fund Grants
    First-Timer Conference Attendees are eligible to apply for a members-only NFPW Education Fund grant to help sharpen your professional skills. The education fund offers a limited number of members-only grants and operates as an entity separate from NFPW.
  • First Amendment Network (FAN)
    Protect the First Amendment! Sign up for the First Amendment Network (FAN), NFPW's grassroots e-mail alert system, to notify you when action is needed on First Amendment issues. NFPW members can join at no charge. Non-members pay $100/year.
  • Networking
    Build your professional network. As communicators move fluidly from one sector to another, your NFPW contacts can give you an edge. Learn about career opportunities in the communications field . . . exchange ideas . . . enjoy support . . . explore job leads . . . learn from a mentor . . . develop friendships. It's as powerful as you make it!
  • Newsletter
    Stay current on NFPW and communication issues through AGENDA, our dynamic, full-color quarterly publication. Download the current issue in .pdf format.
  • Members-Only Page
    Access our nationwide member directory, renew memberships, submit a change of address, download issues of AGENDA, and check on current bylaws, officer duties, forms and other NFPW archival and governance information through our password-protected members-only page. We also offer recruitment and retention ideas and other valuable members-only resources.
  • Leadership Development
    Sharpen your leadership skills by becoming a leader on the state and national levels. The more involved you are, the more you'll benefit from NFPW!
  • Student Membership
    Jump-start your career and start making connections now in your own state or anywhere in the nation. Students can join NFPW at a discounted rate