Membership Benefits

Several benefits are available to CAJ members in good standing:

  • Discounts on CAJ events.

Your voice

In times when access to information is restricted, when diversity of media ownership is challenged, when budget cuts affect news integrity, Canadian journalists need a strong, independent, national voice—our voice.

Your organization

The CAJ is Canada’s only national association for journalists. We represent hundreds of journalists across all media, as well as journalism school students, across Canada, from freelancers to those working at small and large media outlets. The CAJ is a non-profit organization that works for you and with you to create and maintain an exciting and dynamic media profession in Canada. We do this through:

  • Professional Development

  • Advocacy

  • Networking

  • Sourcing Information

Your advocate

The CAJ is your national voice on major issues facing Canada’s media profession. Things like concentration of ownership, newsroom budget cuts, freelancers fighting to protect their intellectual property, increasing restrictions on access to government information and protecting journalists from naming confidential sources. The CAJ offers a forum for discussing issues and a vehicle for effective action with politicians and the public.

Your professional development

Through training workshops, seminars, conferences and special caucuses, from new technologies to investigative reporting techniques, and from research on the Internet to writing winning stories, the CAJ helps you achieve personal excellence in your profession.
The CAJ also provides you with professional recognition through awards for outstanding Canadian journalism. These awards include:

  • Hundreds in awards for print, radio, television, magazine writing and photojournalism

  • The CAJ/Canada NewsWire Student Journalism Award

Your information source

When you’re looking for that lead, that key source, turn to the CAJ for help. Access us on the Internet and link up with the best journalism sources from across the country and around the world. Chat electronically with other journalists and media professional on issues, jobs and ethics on our electronic list server. It’s also a place to post local and national events, pose questions or get help with a story.
You’ll receive Media magazine three times a year. Media is a national publication offering a selection of thought-provoking stories of importance to all journalists.

Your network

People across Canada are associated with the CAJ, making membership a must for anyone seeking to broaden their contacts within Canada’s media profession. Through our awards program, annual conference, national events and list-servs we offer the opportunity to connect with other journalists and those interested in the craft.