Thanks to Marc Longwood for this link to the British Guild of Travel Writers site.

November 5 press release:  Washington, DC – Roger Dow, President and CEO of the Travel Industry Association (TIA), today released the following statement on President-elect Barack Obama’s historic victory:

“America’s travel community congratulates President-elect Obama and pledges our support to the new Administration as it tackles two of the most daunting challenges facing America today: improving the U.S. economy and strengthening America’s image in the international community. Travel is uniquely positioned to address both of these challenges.

The Society of Professional Journalists (Improving and protecting journalism since 1909) 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 through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.”

The Alliance provides key information in a no frills format for professionals who travel to write, broadcast or create images. We also establish links between our members and publishing editors and forge relationships with a wide range of travel industry partners and agencies.”


“The National Tour Association is a trade organization of thousands of tourism professionals involved in the growth and development of the packaged travel industry. We are committed to providing business opportunities and professional education in an environment where our members can foster relationships with one another.”

Destination Marketing Association International “is the world’s largest resource for official destination marketing organizations (DMOs). With offices in North America and Europe, DMAI is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of professionals from 650 destination marketing organizations in 30 countries. DMAI’s membership represents more than 1750 DMO professionals, students, educators, and industry vendors and partners. Providing cutting-edge educational resources, networking opportunities and marketing benefits, the association has worked to enhance the professionalism, effectiveness and image of DMOs since 1914.” 

Book Expo America

January 13, 2008 | Leave a Comment

May 29, 2008toJune 1, 2008

BEA 2008 will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29 – June 1. New for 2008:

  • New Title Bookstore — With over 1500 titles and 1000 authors and publishers — be sure not to miss it!
  • Expanded and comprehensive podcast program including industry events and streaming video. An interactive component to BEA to enhance and expand dissemination beyond the show dates — a BEA without walls!
  • and more….

“We’re a free online service that connects authors and potential audiences of all sorts, from book groups to civic organizations, from bookstores to corporate events. Authors create their own page (biography, books, tour dates and availability) and any group looking for speakers can find them and contact them directly to arrange for an appearance. Relevant information for both authors and venues can be added in minutes through a simple fill-in-the-blanks interface. Connecting authors with potential audiences then becomes as easy as searching (by geography, book titles, subject, dates of availability) and sending an email.”For authors, serves as a one-stop tool for book promotion, allowing authors at all levels of their careers to locate receptive live audiences. For readers and audiences, makes finding when a favorite author is coming to your town as easy as checking the weather.

Litquake 2008

January 10, 2008 | Leave a Comment

October 3, 2008 6:00 pmtoOctober 11, 2008 6:00 pm

“Pull out those shiny new dayplanners and mark them thus: Litquake 2008 begins on Friday, October 3, with a smashing tribute to another famed Bay Area author at the Herbst Theater. It will steamroll through the week with fabulous events and conclude as always with the Lit Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 11. Start breaking in those walking shoes now!”

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) mission is to “advance public understanding of environmental issues by improving the quality, accuracy, and visibility of environmental reporting.”Towards that end, SEJ provides critical support to journalists of all media in their efforts to cover complex issues of the environment responsibly. Through combined efforts of board, staff, members, and appropriate partners, SEJ offers unique educational programs and services for working journalists, educators, and students, including annual and regional conferences; daily EJToday news service; quarterly SEJournal; biweekly TipSheet and other publications; SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment; members-only listservs; mentoring program; website-based resources; and a lively membership network of journalists and academics.

“As a nonprofit trade association, SPAN is dedicated to advancing the interests and expertise of independent publishers and authors through educational opportunities and discounted services. Publishing is a business, and we strive to help our members flourish in this competitive market. A SPAN membership can bring publishers increased visibility, more sales, and larger profits.”

“The California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) is a nonprofit trade association representing the daily and weekly newspapers of California. The Association is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors elected by Active Member newspapers.”

The Authors Guild

December 21, 2007 | Leave a Comment

The Authors Guild, a society of published authors, is an advocate for fair compensation, free speech and copyright protection. Member benefits include contract advice, advocacy, legal services, access to health insurance (in NY, MA, FL), and a newsletter.

The Independent Book Publishers Association “Helping each other to achieve and succeed!””The largest non-profit trade association representing independent publishers.”

“Founded in 1946, The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) continues to attract the best in news photography, video and multimedia. It is this professional diversity that sets the NPPA apart from other organizations. As a member, you will have the opportunity to be part of an organization renowned for its expertise, ethics, and ideals as well as an organization dedicated to advancing this profession into the rapidly changing 21st century.”Your NPPA Membership will give you the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from many of the top visual journalists in the field today. It will also afford you access to exclusive, career aiding benefits and publications shared by 9,000 members worldwide. The field of visual journalism is changing. So are we, and we invite you to join us in helping to shape the future of our profession.”

The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) “is the first and only association in North America committed solely to serving the field of nature photography.”

The Travel Journalists Guild “is a group of award-winning travel journalists with proven track records who will produce articles and images telling the world what’s so special about your corner of the earth. Destinations are our business. Let us tell the world about yours.”

AvantGuild is Media Bistro’s “premium membership association, perfect for anyone who works with media content.” Benefits include:

  • Discounted LexisNexis access
  • How to Pitch articles
  • Mastheads Database
  • Freelance Marketplace discount
  • Pitching an Agent articles
  • Editorial Calendar Guide
  • HR Qs, Revolving Door & Salary Survey
  • Courses, eClasses & seminars discount
  • Transcripts from seminars & panel discussions
  • Resume Revamp discounts
  • Resume Upload & Personal Home Page
  • Health insurance
  • Free e-mail (
  • Financial planning services
  • Tax services discount
  • Psychotherapy discounts

“The National Writers Union is the trade union for freelance and contract writers: journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, web content providers, and poets. With the combined strength of nearly 2,000 members in 16 chapters nationwide, and with the support of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), the Union works to defend the rights and improve the economic and working conditions of all writers.” member benefits include contract advice, a job hotline, a press pass, and access to group health insurance.

The Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) “provides members two major conferences a year; a quarterly newsletter with tips, tools and editorial leads; a membership press card, directory, and Web site listing; and opportunities to network with top outdoor journalists, photographers and supporting members. If you are involved in spreading the word about the outdoors and/or travel opportunities as a writer, book author, photographer, radio and/or television broadcaster, Web editor/writer, or as a public speaker, OWAC is the organization to join to share with others your appreciation and enthusiasm for outdoor recreation.”

The American Society of Journalists and Authors “helps professional freelance writers advance their writing careers. Members share candid data on writing rates, publishing contracts, editors, agents and more. Non-members benefit from our Contracts Watch newsletter, annual writers conference and writing resources. Editors and others can search our membership to hire experienced authors and journalists.” Membership benefits include access to group health insurance.

The International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association is a resource base for professionals engaged in the food, wine and travel industries. Members are listed in the IFWTWA directory, receive a press pass and the monthly newsletter, and have access to conferences and media trips/events.

“The Society of Professional Journalists 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 through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.”

SPJ’s Mission: The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.”

“We are a community of image experts committed to sharing our experience and knowledge throughout the industry. We provide professional networking and educational opportunities. If you create, edit, research, license, manage or publish pictures, ASPP is the place for you.”

The Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) was formed five years ago when “Getty Images, the world’s largest stock agency, presented [its contributing photographers] with a ‘non-negotiable’ contract. Today, SAA is a professional community that is single-mindedly focused on the increasing challenges faced by photographers in our rapidly changing industry. Benefits of membership include “exclusive access to information resources and advocacy initiatives.”

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