National Press Club

The National Press Club Board of Governors has defined membership categories and dues levels based on profession, geographic location, and age as outlined in our governing documents.

Below you will find an overview of this structure and a link to the application. Please email join@press.org with any questions or for more information or click the link below to apply.

As a private club, all determinations regarding professional standing shall be made by the Board of Governors at its sole discretion, and in no case shall so-called “credentials” from any publication, news service or government entity be sufficient to establish eligibility in the absence of other evidence satisfactory of the Board.

The National Press Club’s Membership Committee and Board of Governors review and evaluate each application against our governing criteria to ensure the Club is made up of a majority of journalist members. Only journalist members can vote for the Club officers and journalist members of the Board of Governors. Communicator members can vote for three communicator members on the Board of Governors, who in turn only vote on budgetary matters that come before the board.

Journalist

You may qualify for Journalist membership if you work for a news outlet supported by advertising, paid subscriptions, or funded by a non–profit organization. Such organizations must operate with editorial independence from any political, government, commercial or special interest and produce work primarily to disseminate news. Professions that usually qualify under this category include:

  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Blogger
  • Freelancers for qualified news outlets
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Editorial and news cartoonist or artist
  • News photographer or videographer
  • Producer
  • Web master or other editorial employee of a news outlet defined above

This category also includes:

  • Journalism instructors, professors and deans at the college level
  • Non-fiction authors published by a commercial publishing house and whose principal occupation is writing books

Only Journalist members shall be eligible to vote and to hold office in the Club, except with respect to the three Governors elected by Communicator members.

Annual Dues:

  • Journalist - $632 ($52.67/mo.)
  • Journalist Retired - $344 ($28.67/mo.)
  • Journalist Young member - $340 ($28.33/mo.)
    Working journalists between 35 and 21 years of age quality for young member dues rates. Full-time students and interns under 21 years old may apply for a temporary membership. Email join@press.org for more details.
  • Journalist Non-Resident - $254 ($21.17/mo.)
    Journalist Non-Resident Retired - $161 ($13.42/mo.)
    Applicants living or working outside of the following areas, including international applicants, are considered non-resident members: Washington, D.C.; the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford, or the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.
    Approved applicants who live or work in the areas listed above pay the regular dues amount.

Communicator

You may qualify for Communicator membership if you fit into one of the following groups:

  • Former Journalists: Persons who have been journalist members of the Club but who no longer qualify as journalist members. Persons who have been employed for not less than five of the past 10 years or ten years overall in jobs that would have qualified them as journalist members.
  • Non-Editorial Staff: Persons who work full time for a qualified news outlet who are business managers, advertising managers, circulation managers, promotion managers and system operators.
  • Government/Non-Profit: Persons who are actively engaged full-time in public information or editorial duties for a foreign or domestic government agency, or a 501c3 non-profit. Work involves regular contacts with members of the press or whose duties involve preparation or dissemination of news and information as employees of a domestic or foreign government.

Annual Dues:

  • Communicator - $780 ($65/mo.)
  • Communicator Retired - $450 ($37.50/mo.)
  • Communicator Young Member-under 35 - $523 ($43.58/mo.)
    Working journalists between 35 and 21 years of age quality for young member dues rates. Full-time students and interns under 21 years old may apply for a temporary membership. Email join@press.org for more details.
  • Communicator Non-Resident - $391 ($32.58/mo.)
    Communicator Non-Resident Retired - $240 ($20.00/mo.)
    Applicants living or working outside of the following areas, including international applicants, are considered non-resident members: Washington, D.C.; the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford, or the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.
    Approved applicants who live or work in the areas listed above pay the regular dues amount.

Communicator - News Source
  • Communications Professionals: Persons whose profession is public relations, public affairs, marketing or corporate communications, including staff whose work would qualify as a journalist if done for an independent media outlet;
  • Persons who by principal occupation or business are fiction or play authors, book or film editors, poets, television or script writers or book publishers;
  • Bloggers who do not qualify as Journalist members.
  • Persons whose profession or business involves regular contacts with members of the press or whose duties involve preparation or dissemination of news and information (A letter from a member of the working press is required to validate source status).

Annual Dues:

  • Communicator News Source - $912 ($76/mo.)
  • Communicator News Source - Retired - $450 ($37.50/mo.)
  • Communicator News Source - Young Member - under 35 - $523 ($43.58/mo.)
    Working professionals between 35 and 21 years of age quality for young member dues rates. Full-time students and interns under 21 years old may apply for a temporary membership. Email join@press.org for more details.
  • Communicator News Source - Non-Resident - $391 ($32.58/mo.)
    Communicator News Source - Non-Resident Retired - $240 ($20.00/mo.)
    Applicants living or working outside of the following areas, including international applicants, are considered non-resident members: Washington, D.C.; the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford, or the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.
    If you live or work in the areas listed above, you pay regular dues amount.

Only Journalist members shall be eligible to vote and to hold office in the Club, except with respect to the three Governors elected by Communicator members.

Spouse/Partner Memberships

The spouse or domestic partners of approved National Press Club members in good standing are eligible for full membership at $120 annually. Spouse members can access all member benefits, except for voting privileges per the Club’s governing documents. Spouse members can apply here:

Students and Interns

Students who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate journalism programs; or work on campus publications, broadcast outlets or news internet sites; or who otherwise intern or work part-time for qualified news outlets can email join@press.org for more information.

Dues:

  • Fall semester, September-December: $100
  • Spring semester, January-May: $100
  • Summer semester, June-August: $75

Building Tenants

Building tenants: persons whose office of employment is located at the National Press Building at 529 14th St NW, Washington DC 20045 and do not qualify for one of the other above categories.

Email join@press.org for more details.

Annual Dues:

  • Building Tenant $912 ($76/mo.)
  • Building Tenant - Young Member - under 35 - $523 ($43.58/mo.)
    Working professionals between 35 and 21 years of age quality for young member dues rates. Full-time students and interns under 21 years old may apply for a temporary membership. Email join@press.org for more details.

Building tenant members do not have voting privileges.

Please email join@press.org with any questions or for more information.