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Membership

Become a Member of the Fourth Estate

Membership in the Fourth Estate provides access to exclusive premium benefits, discounts on services and networking opportunities.

Fourth Estate members are digital news organizations, journalists, editors, staffers and news consumers across the globe.

Membership Categories

News Organization

Working Journalists

Consumers

Associates

Academic

Member Dues: $595 per year

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By becoming an News Organization Member, your business becomes instrumental in supporting the Fourth Estate’s mission to promote excellence in Journalism

News organization membership in the Fourth Estate is strictly reserved and limited to online news media and websites who must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • the news organization must uphold high journalistic standards and be aligned with our Core Journalism Principles, Standards and Practices.
  • the news organization must operate with editorial independence from any political, government, commercial or special interest and must be published primarily for the dissemination of nonpartisan news and information.
  • The news or website must be available to the general public via the internet, a mobile application, e-mail or other digital distribution method.
  • The news or website must have at least 25% original news content or commentary or analysis.
  • The website must be updated at a minimum of three times a week.

Member Dues: $100 per year

A Journalist membership in the Fourth Estate makes a powerful statement and demonstrates your commitment to the highest standards of journalistic integrity and ethics. Membership identifies you as a professional journalist who is serious about the profession as well as purposeful about staying informed, educated and involved.

You may qualify as a Journalist Member of the Fourth Estate if you are presently engaged in journalistic work as your principal professional activity and fit into one or more of the following groups:

  • working journalists including reporters, writers, foreign correspondents, stringers and freelancers;
  • publishers, editors, or other equivalent editorial authority;
  • producers, camera people, newscasters, commentators and others of equivalent position;
  • columnists, bloggers, photographers and videographers of bonafide news organizations;
  • Journalism educators, professors and deans at the secondary or college/university level.
  • other editorial employees or staff.

 

Member Dues: $100 per year

You may qualify as a Consumer member of the Fourth Estate if you fit into one of the following groups:

Reporter, editor, writer, publisher; editorial and news cartoonist or artist;
news photographer or videographer;
producer, president or general manager; librarian, web master or other editorial employee of a regularly issued news outlet that is supported by advertising , paid subscriptions, or funded by a non – profit organization.

Note that your news organization must operate with editorial independence from any political, government, commercial or special interest and must be published for the primary dissemination of the news.

Member Dues: $1,750.00. per year

You may qualify as a Consumer member of the Fourth Estate if you fit into one of the following groups:

  • Reporter, editor, writer, publisher; editorial and news cartoonist or artist;
  • news photographer or videographer;
  • producer, president or general manager; librarian, web master or other editorial employee of a regularly issued news outlet that is supported by advertising , paid subscriptions, or funded by a non – profit organization.

Note that your news organization must operate with editorial independence from any political, government, commercial or special interest and must be published for the primary dissemination of the news.

Educator Dues: $75 per year
Member Dues: $25 per year

You qualify as a acadmeic member of the Fourth Estate if you fit into one of the following groups:

Reporter, editor, writer, publisher; editorial and news cartoonist or artist;
news photographer or videographer;
producer, president or general manager; librarian, web master or other editorial employee of a regularly issued news outlet that is supported by advertising , paid subscriptions, or funded by a non – profit organization.

Note that your news organization must operate with editorial independence from any political, government, commercial or special interest and must be published for the primary dissemination of the news.


Membership is Ownership

“Member” isn’t just a pretty title. You actually own a share of the cooperative.


Future Patronage Dividends

Members receive dividends based on yearly profits and individual patronage of the cooperative.*


Members Only Discounts

Fourth Estate members receive significant discounts or no cost access to many of our services and benefits.



Member Voting Rights

Take action. As a member, you can elect and run for the Fourth Estate board of directors.


Support a Real Public Benefit

You’re investment contributes to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.