American Society of Magazine Editors

ASME Membership

Editorial leaders, including art directors and photography editors, employed by qualified publications are eligible to join ASME. Qualified publications include print magazines and journalism websites headquartered or distributed in the United States. Editors of publications intended primarily for and distributed solely to employees are not qualified for membership.

There are four categories of ASME membership: Chief Editor; Editor; Associate Member, including retired editors; and ASME NEXT. Editor and Associate members are entitled to all the privileges of ASME membership except that they are not eligible for ASME-member discounts on entry fees for the National Magazine Awards. ASME NEXT members are nonvoting members of ASME. Applications for Editor and ASME NEXT membership must be endorsed by a chief editor and are subject to the approval of the ASME Board of Directors.

For more information about ASME programs and member benefits, including a list of ASME Helplines, please see About ASME.
 
 
CHIEF EDITOR Members are editorial directors of publishing companies or divisions or chief editors of print magazines, magazine websites and digital-only publications. Only members who pay dues as chief editors are eligible for ASME-member discounts on entry fees for the National Magazine Awards and the ASME Best Cover Contest. Please see the application form for dues information. Download an Application.
 
EDITOR Members are senior-level editors, art directors and photography editors of qualified publications. Chief editors are eligible to join as Editor members but as such are not eligible for ASME-member discounts on entry fees for the National Magazine Awards. Please see the application form for dues information. Download an Application.
 
ASSOCIATE Members are former chief editors and senior-level editors, art directors and photography editors who wish to continue their support of ASME programs, including the National Magazine Awards, and receive the ASME Membership Directory and Handbook and other ASME publications. Editorial and visual consultants, freelance journalists and journalism educators are also eligible to join as Associate Members. Please see the application form for dues information. Download an Application.
 
ASME NEXT is the leading organization for early-career print and digital journalists. Members are freelancers and editorial staffers with no more than seven years of industry experience with titles including editorial assistant, assistant editor, associate editor, digital editor, social media editor, video producer and corresponding titles in design and photography departments. ASME NEXT sponsors educational training programs specifically for early-career journalists, including the ASME NEXT Talks series with leading magazine journalists. Membership includes an exclusive opportunity to be matched with a senior-journalist mentor. Membership dues are $95 per year or $9 per month. Information about member benefits, including a schedule of events, can be found here. Download an Application.
 

For more information about ASME membership, please contact Nina Fortuna at (212) 872-3737 or email NFortuna@magazine.org.