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Alaska Professional Communicators Membership Information

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ALASKA PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATORS is organized to provide networking, friendship and professional education opportunities for the state's professional communicators.

TIP: When applying for membership, please make your dues check payable to "National Federation of Press Women."

One Application Form may be used for any of the membership categories listed. The type of membership will be determined by the APC Board of Directors acting as membership qualifications review committee.

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

Any person who qualifies as a professional communicator actively engaged in communications service for remuneration, or the equivalent, shall be eligible for active membership.

Examples of eligible occupations: Editorial, photographic, production, managerial, graphic, or creative communications services for a newspaper, journal, or magazine; on the publications or editing staff or in the public relations department of an established educational, governmental, industrial, commercial, civic, or fraternal organization or institution; on the staff of a licensed radio or television station; employee or owner of a recognized public relations firm; or an accredited teacher of communications. Questions? Write APC at the address below, or call our membership director. The NFPW bylaws excerpts on qualification are below.

Freelance communicators are welcome. As evidence that you genuinely work in the communications field for remuneration, we require submission of at least one sample of work sold during the past year. Examples of such items include a book, article, or short story; a newsletter; a news story; public relations or publicity services; copy for advertising, etc. You should expect to maintain a regular production level. If you are on the regular payroll of a firm or publication, please furnish a statement to that effect.

Any member in good standing at least 5 years who retires from full-time professional employment and does not receive substantial remuneration from media communications work may choose to retain active membership at the full dues rate.

RETIRED MEMBERSHIP

Any member in good standing at least five years who retires from full-time professional employment and does not receive substantial remuneration from media communications may elect to become a retired member. Such members may attend meetings and speak to motions, but may not propose, second, or vote on a motion, nor hold office. They are not counted for quorums, but are counted in membership totals for delegate allocation. They cannot be a delegate to the NFPW National Conference as long as they remain in retired status.

Retired members are eligible for the NFPW Communications Contest. They are listed in the NFPW directory and receive NFPW national publications.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

Any full-time college or university student who intends to enter the communications field upon graduation may be eligible for student membership.

Student members may attend meetings and speak to motions, but may not propose, second, or vote on a motion, nor hold office. They are eligible for the NFPW Communications Contest. They are listed in the NFPW directory and receive NFPW national publications. Student members are eligible for student membership for six months following college graduation. After that time, they must meet the qualifications for active membership.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

This membership may be granted by APC to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of communications upon recommendation of the Board of Directors. Honorary members retain their honorary status indefinitely. Dues payment will be waived for either the state or the national organization or both, as determined by the board.

NATIONAL BYLAWS RULES ON MEMBERSHIP

Qualifications for Membership in the National Federation of Press Women, Inc. [Excerpted from the NFPW, Inc. Bylaws.]

Section 3.A. Membership Status. Membership shall consist of three classes: active, emeritus, and such other associated membership categories as the NFPW Board of Directors shall authorize.

Section 4.A. Membership Qualifications. Communications professionals actively engaged in any aspect of communications for remuneration or whose work is the equivalent of paid professional work in the judgment of his or her affiliate's Board of Directors will be eligible for active membership.Section 5.A. Student Members. Any student enrolled full time in a community college, four year college, or university communications program will be eligible for student membership.

Section 6.A. Emeritus Members. Any member in good standing of at least 5 years who retires from full-time professional employment and does not receive substantial remuneration from any aspect of communications work may choose to become a member emeritus and pay reduced dues.

ALASKA PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATORS
P.O. BOX 100441
ANCHORAGE, AK 99510-0441

10/08/2007