The membership committee makes decisions on applicants that do not fit neatly into the professional, associate or allied categories. There are four questions used to help determine whether you are eligible for membership. None of the questions automatically disqualify anyone but are helpful to our membership committee in reviewing applicants.
Do you pitch stories to the media, do media relations or oversee anyone who does?
In the articles you write or edit that appear in your publication, on your website or are aired by your organization, are you limited from seeking out points of view different from those of your organization or from people unaffiliated with your organization?
Is your primary role to create or oversee promotional material for your organization?
Do you provide consulting or other paid services to health care companies or advocacy organizations or derive income from sources that might be seen as conflicting with independent journalism?