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ASJMC School Membership

The Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) is composed of administrators from accredited and non-accredited departments of journalism and mass communications. ASJMC offers membership to qualified individuals, international colleges and former administrators.

Applying for Membership

  • The unit must offer a recognizable degree program in journalism/mass communication, which has reasonable support in terms of a qualified faculty and adequate resources.
  • The program must include a substantial number of courses clearly identifiable as journalism or (mass) communications courses. Such identity is usually reflected in the prefix of the catalog number of each course. More specific prefixes such as Advertising, Public Relations and TV-Radio are acceptable.
  • The program must be clearly identified and described as journalism/communications (or mass media) in the institutions’ general catalog. (New programs not yet in the catalog must present evidence of approval by the institution for inclusion in the next catalog.)

ASJMC Membership Dues

U.S. program dues are based on program size and range from $350 to $900. International program dues are $100. (International membership is non-voting.) Annual membership dues are payable by October 1.

Small programs / $350 — less than 9 FTEs
Medium programs / $500 — 9 to 17 FTEs
Large programs / $700 — 18 to 39 FTEs
Extra-Large programs / $900 — 40 and more FTEs
International program / $100 (regardless of program size)

Membership applications are considered by the Executive Committee within three months of the receipt of application. A school of department administrator from a U.S. program becomes a voting member of ASJMC immediately upon approval of the application by the ASJMC Executive Committee.

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or Mail in Dues (Download Program Membership Form & Mail to ASJMC)


- Foster high standards and effective practices in the administration of journalism and mass communication programs.

- Support the accreditation process of journalism and mass communication units through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

- Promote gender, cultural and ethnic inclusivity in the administration of JMC programs.

- Assist non-accredited departments in working toward accreditation.

- Raise professional standards.

- Promote public understanding of the role of journalism and mass communication in a democratic society.

ASJMC Benefits

School Consulting Service:
The service assists departments in preparing for accreditation or re-accreditation by sending in a knowledgeable ASJMC consultant on an “expenses-only” basis.

Receive subscriptions to:
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and AEJMC News. Members receive two copies of the Journalism & Mass Communication Directory.

Participate in and receive:
Results of the annual ASJMC Faculty Salary Survey, featuring faculty and administrative salary data and national averages.

Receive ASJMC Insights and ASJMC Administrator:
ASJMC Insights incorporates administrators’ views on relevant issues facing journalism and mass communication education. ASJMC Administrator is ASJMC’s newsletter, which features news, articles and proceedings of association activities.

ACEJMC Roundtables:
ASJMC members are updated twice a year on the latest accreditation issues.

Attend administrative workshops:
Topics range from fundraising, incorporating budget cuts into programs, minority retention and recruitment, tenure and promotion decisions, etc. Workshop proceedings are often published in the ASJMC Administrator or in ASJMC Insights for members unable to attend workshops.

Special administrative sessions during AEJMC convention:
ASJMC offers sessions on current areas of concern for journalism and mass communication administrators.

Networking Opportunities:
ASJMC offers members a unique support group from the isolation that often occurs with an administrative post. ASJMC is invaluable for making contacts with individuals dealing with similar challenges.

A full-time professional staff:
The staff at the association’s headquarters can usually provide information on necessary topics for administrators. The staff may also refer you to other administrators in the association who might provide advice on how to handle a particular situation.

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