How to join

Members were able to update their byline pix at the speed-dating career development workshop

Membership of the MJA confers a wide range of benefits including opportunities for networking, training and career development as well as access to useful resources and updates on work opportunities.

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. Recent 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.

In our members-only forums you will find information on work opportunities, 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)

Full membership

This is for those who spend most of their working time in medical or health journalism.

£50 Annual subscription (tax deductible)

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Associate membership

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.

£37 Annual subscription (tax deductible)

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Student membership

This is available to students who can demonstrate an interest in health journalism. For example, students on journalism courses, or on courses in health journalism (including health related courses such as life sciences pharmacy or nursing). 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.

£12 Annual subscription

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Retired membership

Retired: 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

£12 Annual subscription

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