Membership in the Albuquerque Press Club is open to men and women of legal age who qualify, in the Board’s judgment, under one of the following classifications.

New members may be sponsored by an existing member. If you wish to join, discuss membership with a club member or the bartender on duty, or send an email to

Membership fees are due annually. Initial membership requires a one-time initiation fee of $20.00. Applicants for membership must set forth in satisfactory detail on the Club application form, their qualifications for membership, and must accompany the application with the initiation fee and dues for the classification requested.

All members in good standing are automatically granted membership in the Whittlesey House Preservation Foundation. Reciprocal membership privileges may be extended by the Board to members of similar clubs in other parts of the nation and world while such members are temporarily in New Mexico, for periods of time not to exceed 60 consecutive days.

Any application for membership renewal in excess of 30 days after the membership has expired shall be assessed a reinstatement fee.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to set all membership fees and limits. The current amounts (established December 2019) are:

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A. Journalist ($30.00)

You may qualify for Journalist membership if your primary activity fits into one of the following groups or if you have worked for 10 years or more in one of the following groups:

  1. 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. (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.)
  2. Journalism instructors, professors and deans at the college level.
  3. Non-fiction authors.
B. Communicator ($40.00)

You may qualify for Communicator membership if your primary activity fits into one of the following groups or if you spent 5 or more years in one of the following groups or the groups listed as Journalist.

  1. Non-editorial employees for qualified news outlets such as business managers, advertising managers, circulation managers, promotion managers and system operators.
  2. Current and retired press aides for foreign or domestic governments.
  3. News Source members have regular contact with the ‘working press,’ such as public relation/communications professionals.
  4. Authors of books or plays, editors of books or film, poets, television or film script writers, book publishers, and those who work in the film and television industry.
  5. Blogger or other internet media publisher.
  6. Student members who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate journalism programs; or work on campus publications, broadcast outlets or news internet sites; or who otherwise intern or work part-time for qualified news outlets.
  7. Writers, editors, publishers of company or industry newsletters who spend 40 or more hours monthly in these endeavors.
C. Social Membership ($90.00), a. Service Industry ($60.00) & b. First Responder ($60.00)
  1. Is open to persons who live or work in New Mexico and have common interests with the Club’s members and purposes.
  2. Social membership sub-categories
    1. Service Industry – Open to persons with a valid New Mexico alcohol server permit employed at a local bar or restaurant, who have common interests with the Club’s members and purposes.  The employing bar or restaurant must serve alcohol. (Added 12/2019)
    2. First Responder – Open to Police officers, Fire Fighters and Emergency Medical Technicians, whose primary employer is a New Mexico emergency response organization. (Added 12/2019)
D. Retired Membership ($50.00)
  1. Is open to any Journalist, Communicator, or Social member who has retired from his or her employment or occupation. One year of Club membership in the Journalist, Communicator, or Social category is required before a Member may apply for status as a Retired Member.  (Modified 12/2019) 
E. Spousal Membership ($25.00)
  1. Membership is open to the spouse, as defined by New Mexico State Law, of a member in good standing. A spousal membership shall be attached to the sponsoring member’s membership and shall expire concurrently with said membership. A spousal member shall enjoy all the rights of membership except for the right to vote and hold elective office.
F. Corporate Membership (Variable)
  1. Membership is open to any business or organization, with operating interests in New Mexico, that operates in the communications industry, or that supports the interests of the APC. Persons individually eligible for membership rights under the corporate membership are subject to Board approval as with any new applicants. Corporate memberships may include any number of individuals, providing they are bona-fide employees of said company or employees or members of said organization. Each corporate member enjoys the full privileges of membership including a vote.
  2. Base charge equals four times the regular rate for which the entity qualifies (classifications a-c). Additional members of the organization may join at one half of the standard rate that they would qualify for individually. The additional members may join for a full year at any time while the corporate membership is active. If/when the corporate membership expires, individual members may not renew as a corporate member (at corporate rates) but may renew as a regular member at the regular rate.
G. Lifetime Membership ($900.00)
  1. Is open to members who fulfill the membership requirements of Subsection A, B, C, or F of this Section. A Life member shall enjoy all the rights of membership. (Modified 12/2000)
H. Honorary Membership ($5.00)
  1. May be awarded to any person the Board may wish to honor with membership, subject to annual review by each incoming Board. (Modified 4/2011)

The Board shall, by vote, be the sole and final authority with regard to the membership classification to which an applicant or Club member is entitled. Any member who ceases to be eligible for a given classification may be transferred to the appropriate classification at such time as the Board deems.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to set all membership fees and limits. Membership dues may change annually. The current annual dues were established December 2019.

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