Membership of the MJA confers a wide range of benefits.
These include useful resources to improve your skills and expertise, updates on work opportunities, access to our lunch-and-learn webinars and other online events and opportunities for networking, training and career development.
Networking and events
Our password protected members’ pages also provide advice on negotiating fees and the opportunity to swap notes on payments and financial issues with other members.
Once you are a member, there is no charge to enter the prestigious MJA Awards — which celebrate excellence in medical and health journalism.
Becoming a member also means there is no charge to attend the awards and most other MJA events and get-togethers — once these resume. Past meetings have covered a workshop on understanding studies and how to turn statistics into stories, speed-dating style advice on career development and a tour of the gardens of the Royal College of Physicians.
A number of external organisations have also staged knowledge-building meetings exclusively for MJA members. And the hotly contested Christmas Quiz is a highlight of the Association’s social calendar.
Our members-only forums you will find information and discussions on fair rates, special offers and many other benefits. You can also ask for advice on anything from tax to tech’. There are also tops tips for newcomers to the industry, and students hoping to break in.
We also provide a free photo-ID card confirming membership. (A small charge is payable for renewals)
Meet some of the members who have joined us this year to find out more about who we are.
Membership categories and costs
Full Membership at £55 pa (tax deductible): This is for those who spend most of their working time in medical or health journalism.
Associate Membership at £40 pa (tax deductible): This is for those who write or produce medical or health material but not as their major professional activity. Associates are often doctors, nurses or other health professionals who write, edit or broadcast part time or they may be communications staff with health charities or academic organisations. They enjoy the same benefits as full members apart from voting at the AGM.
Student Membership at £13 pa: This is available to students who can demonstrate an interest in health journalism. For example, students on journalism courses, or students on health-related courses such as medicine, life sciences pharmacy or nursing, who have an interest in journalism. Student members shall have no vote at the AGM but may vote for a representative on the Executive Committee; they shall pay a reduced subscription for one year, or for the duration of the course. Student members can attend most meetings with no charge.
Retired Membership at £13 pa: This is available to MJA members (and associates) who have retired from medical journalism. If previously a full member you will still be entitled to vote at the AGM. To have your membership changed to this category please contact the membership secretary