The Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA

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Become a member

Any professional who supports our principles for independence in journalism and who stands by our mission to be the strong and authentic voice of representation of all international journalists in the United States, can become a member of The Association of the Foreign Correspondents (AFC United States).

Members fit in one of the two categories of membership: 

  • Active Correspondents are professional journalists usually credentialed from the Foreign Press Center of the State Department, the United Nations, and other governmental agencies in the United States, or other recognized press organizations.

  • Associate Members are members who do not act as Active Correspondents for foreign media in the United States but wish to support international journalists.

The Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States (AFC United States) provides recognized PRESS CREDENTIALS to Active Correspondents who are able to present annual samples of their professional work as international correspondents at the time of their membership renewal. Associate Members receive personalized membership IDs that certify their official affiliation as members with the organization.

2019 membership fee costs $100 for all members.

All qualified members are invited to participate in all private meetings with experts and exclusive events with special guests organized each month by the Association of the Foreign Correspondents in the United States (AFC United States).


CODE OF ETHICS

The Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States is aware of its responsibility in the ethical shaping of journalism and hereby states that:

• an ethical journalist acts with integrity

• ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is both accurate and fair

• ethical journalists openly publish their intellectual product for information or opinion-forming purposes, through a media genre and/or channel, or through a contribution to a media genre and/or channel as a result of their profession

• it is a responsibility of journalists and society to protect freedom of speech

It follows from the above, that:

• deceiving media consumers, (i.e. print or online readers, tv/film/video viewers or radio/podcast listeners) is considered an unethical activity

• the journalist shall not be obliged to perform marketing communications such as advertising, sponsorship or patronage organizing nor shall the journalist be obligated to supply financial or material support services

• the relationship between media consumers and marketers rests on the understanding that news and marketing communications, including advertising, are strictly separated

• journalists their neutrality and objectivity by avoiding any special interest and bias perspective

All journalists wishing to become members of the AFC United States will declare that they agree with the above statement when they join the organization