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For details on each membership type, fees, and qualifications, visit nasw.org/join.

Professional membership (Choose U.S. or International based on your mailing address): U.S. | International | International (low income and lower middle income countries)

Professional memberships are for working journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, science-writing educators, and people who write and produce films, museum exhibits, and other material intended to inform the public about science and technology. Applicants for professional membership are required to submit five samples of work (content should be science) produced for a non-expert audience in the past five years. Clips must include the publication or airing dates for each entry and may not be self-published. A wide variety of material can serve as clips. Examples include: articles produced (written OR edited) for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, or websites; podcasts or radio shows; institutional press releases or blog entries; public science communication material developed for museums or science centers such as exhibit or program content; and books.

Affiliate membership (Choose U.S. or International based on your mailing address): U.S. | International | International (low income and lower middle income countries)

Affiliate memberships are for applicants who have a strong personal interest in science writing as a profession but do not qualify for professional or student membership. This means that you are not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and do not have the required five published clips for professional membership.

Student membership (Choose U.S. or International based on your mailing address): U.S. | International

Student memberships are also available for those 18 years and older who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. Student membership may be renewed year to year as long as the student remains enrolled. Upon completion, graduation, or if the student is no longer actively enrolled, student members must apply to become professional or affiliate members. Students may retain student status during a short (6 months or fewer) transition period, i.e. between undergraduate and graduate programs. Once a student has become a professional or affiliate member, the member cannot return to student status in the event of further matriculation. Student applications do NOT require clips.

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