Why should I join the SFPA?
Because it’s free.
Aren’t the worst things in life free?
You mean the best things.
Who may join?
College-aged journalists — anyone who participates in the campus media, wants to explore a career in the profession, and believes in the principles of a free society.
Do I have to work for a campus publication?
We would love it if you did, but no. We’re interested in traditional newspaper reporters and editorialists as well as bloggers, tweeters, podcasters, and viral-video makers.
What are the benefits of membership?
When you write an excellent news article or produce an outstanding video, we’ll introduce it to a national audience.
What’s the commitment like?
It’s as much or as little as you want.
Are there other benefits?
We’ll communicate with you regularly, suggesting story ideas and providing tips on how to execute them. We also offer paid internships.
Did you say paid internships?
Yes. They’re so awesome that you’d take them for free. But we’ll still pay.
How awesome are they?
Take a look at our list of fellows. You’ll see that they’ve worked for respected news organizations and have gained valuable professional experience as writers and editors. We also connect them with distinguished mentors.
Who are the mentors?
Check out our list. These are SFPA advisors who want to help students find their footing in journalism. They provide an additional level of support for our fellows, beyond what our fellows already receive from their host publications and SFPA staff.
How do I get one of these awesome internships?
Start by joining SFPA. Then share your best work with us. And apply for one of our top-notch internships. The application process is refreshingly simple.
Why are you doing this?
SFPA is a non-profit organization run by veteran journalists for the benefit of beginning journalists. We’re dedicated to spotting talent and developing it. Also, we’re genuinely nice people.