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.
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 2017, Dan Schlossberg. All rights reserved.
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