Established in 1974 as the National Conference of Editorial Writers, renamed AOJ in 2012, reorganized in 2015 as a 501c3 nonprofit foundation for education and development of opinion journalists in all media. Merging into the American Society of News Editors in December 2016. Details...
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The Association of Opinion Journalists is a nonprofit professional organization and educational foundation that exists to improve the quality of opinion writing in newspapers, in broadcasting and online, and to promote high standards among opinion writers and editors. The organization was founded in 1947 as The National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW) and renamed itself AOJ in 2012. The former NCEW Foundation became AOJ Foundation and continued as AOJ until December 2016, when it is completing a merger into the American Society of News Editors (ASNE.org).
Mission Statement: The Association of Opinion Journalists is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the craft of opinion journalism through education, professional development, exploration of issues of public importance and vigorous advocacy within journalism organizations.
Statement of Principles (pdf)
Members have long been able to take advantage of an array of year-round benefits including: writing and broadcast critiques, an annual gathering, low-cost seminars and workshops, a Job Bank, The Masthead magazine, regional conferences, foreign tours, our members' e-mail discussion group, an annual briefing by high U.S. State Department officials, and more. Our web site links you to valuable information on the opinion business itself and on substantive topics. Some services are on hold as we move into 2016 and further develop a partnership with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
(Masthead examples including State Dept. briefings and other 2014 articles) (An archive of 2009-2013 articles is also indexed there.)
(page posted summer 2014; reviewed 4/6/2015 updated 5/8/14 JM updated 12/31/2015 JM)