The North American Travel Journalists Association is
the premier professional association of writers,
broadcasters, photographers, and editors covering
NATJA was founded in 1991 by New Jersey travel
writers Bob Nesoff and Dan Schlossberg as a non-
political organization. Nesoff was elected its first
president, with Schlossberg as vice president. In 1994,
when other responsibilities called him away, Nesoff
resigned and was succeeded by Schlossberg. Dan
was also editor of its award-winning Wayfarer
newsletter from 1994-2009.
To join NATJA, applicants must prove only that they
are legitimate working travel journalists but do not
need "sponsorship" from incumbent members.
NATJA’s paid staff includes a full-time Executive
Director, part-time Conference and Marketplace
Director, and professional management agency.
NATJA’s programming and services include the
annual Conference & Marketplace focusing on
professional development, the annual NATJA Awards
travel journalism awards competition, Travelworld
Magazine (affiliated with MSNBC Travel and featuring
stories from NATJA members), in-depth media
intelligence found in the member extranet Resource
Center, and an exclusive eWire service.
NATJA’s inclusiveness and focus on meeting the
demands of the changing travel business have
enabled the organization to grow to more than 500
members. Today, NATJA is America's second-largest
association of travel writers, authors, editors,
photographers, broadcasters, and publicists.
Copyright 2019, Dan Schlossberg. All rights reserved.
The Garden State Journalists Association traces its
origins back to the Hudson County Press Club,
founded in 1927. The original press association
became the North Jersey Press Club and it merged
with the Working Press Association to become the
GSJA. With an 80-plus-year history, the organization
seeks the advancement of journalism in New Jersey
and promotes the education, professional betterment
and interaction of its members.
Membership is open to those who live or work in the
State of New Jersey and earn their living, full- or
part-time, in the field of journalism in all its forms,
including news and public relations. We also have a
student membership category for those who live or
attend college or other institutions of higher
education in New Jersey, full- or part-time, whose
major or minor course of study directly relates to the
field of journalism.
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beginnings in Cooperstown, New York. It was the
brainchild of L. Robert Davids, who in August 1971
gathered 15 other baseball researchers at the National
Baseball Hall of Fame to form the organization.
From this modest start, SABR membership has
broadened steadily. A decade later, it had reached
1,500; today, it totals more than 6,000 worldwide. Who
belongs to SABR? Many major and minor league
baseball officials, broadcasters and writers, as well as
numerous former players. Primarily, the membership
consists of "just plain fans" — anyone interested in
baseball can join. While the original purpose of SABR
was to band together baseball historians, statisticians
and researchers, it is not necessary to engage in
research to become a member.
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improve and protect journalism. The organization is the
nation’s most broad-based journalism organization,
dedicated to encouraging the free practice of
journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical
behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ
promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-
informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the
next generation of journalists; and protects First
Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and
Independent non-fiction writers. Our membership
consists of more than 1,300 outstanding freelance
writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many
other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has
met ASJA's exacting standards of professional
achievement. ASJA brings standards, and in
recognizing and encouraging the pursuit.