This is the renewal site for those who had NJ Press Association (NJPA) Press Identification Cards in 2020, but who are no longer eligible through NJPA. It is also for members of the NJ Broadcasters Association, which is now working with NJ-SPJ, and for new employees and freelancers who work for organizations that had multiple cards in 2020.
In 2021, no news organization will be issuing press credentials in direct cooperation with the state of New Jersey. NJ-SPJ is, however, participating with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in a working group on press and law enforcement matters, much of which focuses on proper identification. The OAG has praised NJ-SPJ’s efforts in this. We have every reason expect that individuals displaying the NJ-SPJ Press Identification Card will receive the same usual and customary courtesies offered to the working press in past years. Please understand that we are not state actors and whatever courtesies are extended, or not, are solely determined by those extending them.
We are the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists (NJ-SPJ), the local chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909. We are seeking to fulfill the needs of journalists no longer eligible for NJPA cards. (NJPA is now limiting cards to its member organizations, their employees and regular freelancers.) If you or your news outlet had a card last year, you will qualify for a 2021 NJ Press ID through NJ-SPJ. We already have your photo on file.
Here’s the math: Roughly speaking, if you are not currently a member of either organization, obtaining your card through NJ-SPJ is far less expensive, including membership fees. Fees vary, as you will see. We are trying to offer discounts when possible. However, if your organization seeks eight cards or more, NJPA may be the better financial option. Both groups offer other benefits as well. You should contact NJPA directly if you want to know more about them.
The members of NJPA are businesses and news organizations. The members of NJ-SPJ are individual journalists. Many people belong to both organizations.
Members of the NJ Broadcasters Association will get the card for free; NJBA is picking up the tab.
Legal: In 2021, no news organization will be issuing press credentials in direct cooperation with the state of New Jersey. NJ-SPJ is, however, participating with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in a working group on press and law enforcement matters, much of which focuses on proper identification. The OAG has praised NJ-SPJ’s efforts in this. We have every reason expect that individuals displaying the NJ-SPJ Press Identification Card will receive the same usual and customary courtesies offered to the working press in past years. Please understand that we are not state actors and whatever courtesies are extended, or not, are solely determined by those extending them.
Fee: For legal and insurance reasons, you must be a member of NJ-SPJ to qualify for a card.
If you are familiar with SPJ, you know that dues are normally $75, plus $10 to join NJ-SPJ, which would be $85. We have some good news: Our national organization will now allow you to become a FULL MEMBER of NJ-SPJ while becoming an ASSOCIATE of national SPJ. That means new people can join NJ-SPJ for only $30. You can then renew your press ID card for $35, which includes a one-inch wide, reflective “PRESS” lanyard, which the Office of the Attorney General has asked us to provide.
There are many other benefits to membership, but let’s get on with the press ID application.
Are you a news director or editor applying for multiple cards? Add each item needed to your shopping cart. You will fill out contact information for each person associated with a product. Then return to this page and select additional items as needed for each person you are registering.
We need to collect your professional information.
When you choose the products below, the order form will open and ask you for your contact information and where applicable, supporting documents. The Press ID will be valid through calendar year 2021.
The Press ID will be valid through calendar year 2021.
Membership Fee (You must chose one of the four membership categories below. Failure to select one of these four categories will delay receipt of your order.)
Now select the Press ID Cards you need (Click “Add to Cart” for each item you are ordering):
A non-refundable $4.80 processing and shipping fee will be added to each order. If your employer is paying for your membership, choose “Pay By Invoice” at checkout.
When you have finished adding items to your shopping cart, click the blue button to go to the cart and check out.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
NJ-SPJ is part of the national Society of Professional Journalists, which regularly maintains and updates a Code of Ethics.
The SPJ Code of Ethics is a statement of abiding principles supported by additional explanations and position papers that address changing journalistic practices. It is not a set of rules, rather a guide that encourages all who engage in journalism to take responsibility for the information they provide, regardless of medium. The code should be read as a whole; individual principles should not be taken out of context. It is not, nor can it be under the First Amendment, legally enforceable.
NJ-SPJ requires that all who apply for the NJ-SPJ Press Identification Card read the SPJ Code of Ethics. As stated, it is not a set of hard rules and we encourage news organizations that examine and develop their own ethical codes.
The NJ Press ID card is the property of NJ-SPJ. NJ-SPJ reserves the right to withdraw the NJ Press ID Card from anyone who commits a gross violation of the spirit of SPJ’s ethics. The card may also be withdrawn for violations of law, such as trespassing, or for any other reason as determined at the sole discretion of the board of NJ-SPJ. In such instances, individuals are required to return their card to NJ-SPJ. NJ-SPJ will refund the individual’s card payment in full and, if requested, their membership fee. NJ-SPJ will, however, keep the processing and shipping fee. NJ-SPJ reserves the right to make changes to its terms of membership and the NJ Press ID program at any time and without prior notice.
NJ-SPJ is not liable for any incidental, consequential, direct or indirect (including but not limited to damages for loss of revenue, business interruption, expenses and the like) arising from the use, misuse and/or inability to use the NJ Press ID Card or any determinations regarding the issuance or revocation of the NJ Press ID Card.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless NJ-SPJ, its officers, employees, directors, agents and contractors from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising from any violation of this Agreement by you or any other person using/displaying the NJ Press Id card as well as any determinations regarding the issuance or revocation of the NJ Press ID Card.