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Useful links for b2b professionals


American Business Media:
The "Association of Business Media Companies" is a U.S. organization that focuses not just on editorial, but publishing, circulation, sales, and so on.

American Medical Writers Association:
Founded in 1940, this group's focus is promoting execellence in writing, editing and producing printed and electronic biomedical communications.

American Society of Business Publication Editors:
This premier b2b editorial group, headquartered in Chicago, has almost 20 chapters across the United States. It was founded in 1964, and boasts over 500 individual members.

American Society of Journalists and Authors:
ASJA helps professional freelance writers advance their writing careers. Members share candid data on rates, contracts, editors and more. Non-members benefit from our Contracts Watch newsletter and annual writers conference.

American Society of Magazine Editors:
The professional organization for editors of consumer magazines and business publications, which are edited, published, and sold in the United States.

Association of Online Publishers:
This U.K.-based association aims to raise the profile and credibility of online publishing.

British Society of Magazine Editors:
Billed as the only society exclusively for magazine editors in the U.K.

Council of Australian Societies of Editors:
CASE is an informal body of delegates from the Australian societies of editors. Formed in 2003, it exists to coordinate national activities.

Editorial Freelancers Association:
Founded in 1970, the EFA is a national, nonprofit, professional organization of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries. Members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers and translators.

Editors' Association of Canada:
This group, "The voice of Canadian Editors," offers its website in both English and French.

European Association of Science Editors:
The association is a non-governmental and non-profit-making organization operated for scientific and educational purposes. In spite of the word "European" in its name, EASE is international, with some 25% of its members coming from other continents.

European Medical Writers Association:
This group supports medical writers and editors through training.

International Federation of the Periodical Press:
London-based FIPP is over 75 years old, and covers national magazine associations, publishing companies with international interests, suppliers to the industry, small businesses and associated organisations in more than 70 countries. The membership consists of more than 41 national magazine associations and over 130 publishing and associate companies.

Journalism Now :
Their mission is to help journalism job candidates secure employment. The site has a great resources section, too, with journalism schools, ethics resources, and organizations.

Magazine Publishers Association:
This New Zealand group exists to foster and maintain high standards in magazine publishing &endash; to ensure that readers, advertisers and publishers continue to benefit from the unique relationship that exists between them. MPA members must audit all their publications on a regular basis to verify their circulation figures. These figures tell advertisers how many copies of a particular magazine are bought or distributed free of charge &endash; and help advertisers quantify the potential reach of their advertisement, as do readership figures. The MPA assists the magazine publishing industry by acting as a vanguard for professional standards, and by providing its members with a range of membership services.

Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa (MPASA):
This Johannesburg-headquartered organization group's mission is to promote and protect the interests of all print magazine publishers in South Africa, but particularly those of its members; to support the growth of the industry by being a gateway to members’ information needs and the primary source of magazine publishing expertise for the larger community; and to help promote magazines as a medium in order to increase advertising share and reader interest. The group also aims to elevate the industry by providing relevant research data and information, conferencing opportunities and awards, thus being a repository of industry knowledge for members, a networking vehicle and a means of marketing and promoting members’ achievements to advertisers, readers and the community at large.

Magazine Publishers of America:
MPA is the industry association for consumer magazines.  Established in 1919, the MPA represents more than 240 domestic publishing companies with approximately 1,400 titles, more than 80 international companies and more than 100 associate members.  Staffed by magazine industry specialists, the MPA is headquartered in New York City, with an office of government affairs in Washington, D.C.

Periodical Publishers Association (Ireland):
The Periodical Publishers Association of Ireland is the organisation of publishers of consumer, consumer specialist, business and professional magazines in Ireland (north and south). The aim of PPA is to promote and protect the interests of magazine publishers in general - and in particular those in membership of the association.

Periodical Publishers Association (Scotland):
PPA Scotland is the Scottish arm of the Periodical Publishers Association.

Periodical Publishers Association (UK):
The organisation of magazines and B2B media in the UK. A very extensive site, with much good information.

Publishers Australia:
Formerly called Australian Business and Specialist Publishers, their membership consists of the leading b2b, specialist b2c, custom and digital publishers in Australia, currently made up of over 120 publishing members and more than 30 associate members (printers, mail distribution, design houses, etc).

Society of Editors (NSW):
This editorially focused Australian group promotes using editorial services, developing editing standards, and exchanging and disseminating information and ideas between editors. Membership includes freelance and in-house editors working on books, journals, magazines and corporate and public sector productions, as well as indexers, proofreaders, writers, translators, and others, among whom the common bond is a dedication to language and effective communication..

Society of National Association Publications (SNAP):
A Washington-D.C. area headquartered group that is a non-profit, professional society serving the needs of association publishers and communications professionals in the U.S. SNAP sponsors the annual EXCEL Awards and conducts publication management conferences and Lunch & Learn seminars. It also publishes a magazine for members, Association Publishing.

Society of Technical Communication (STC):
This U.S.-based group is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. Its 25,000 members include technical writers and editors, content developers, documentation specialists, technical illustrators and Web designers/developers.

South Asian Journalists Association:
A listing of full-time correspondents and producers for North American media outlets in South Asia.

Southern African Freelancers Association (SAFREA):
Founded in 1999, SAFREA is a nonprofit, professional organisation of freelance workers in the communications field. Members are writers, photographers, editors, proof-readers, graphic designers, illustrators, researchers, translators, and other experts in communication who offer a broad range of skills and specialities.

World Association of Medical Editors:
WAME (pronounced "Whammy!") is a voluntary association of editors from many countries who seek to foster international cooperation among editors of peer-reviewed medical journals.




Paul Conley:
An excellent blog written by a b2b champion, full of interesting information. Not afraid to tell it like it is.

B or not 2B — A Business Media Blog:
"Thinking about business-to-business (b2b) media and media in general. With random thoughts on technology, writing and publishing." This blog, written by David Shaw, is easy to digest and sprinkled with bits of humor.

ASBPE Boston Chapter Blog:
Providing "the latest on local and national ASBPE activities and other items of interest to B2B journalists in New England," this blog is primarily run by Martha Spizziri, ASBPE's overall "Webmistress."

Trade Pressed :
Just a trade press editor, trying to hack her way through blogs, digital editions and "bonus content."

A blog launched by American Business Media; it has begun to show some good reader interaction.

Asia Business Media:
Hong Kong-based Paul Woodward writes on B2B media in Asia.

Rex Hammock, president of a Nashville publisher, has his say on media, blogging, and more.

Hugo E. Martin on Media, Marketing & Internet:
Blog by Berlin, Germany-based writer.

A somewhat sporadic blog written by a Mark Jones, an Australian b2b editor now with the Australian Financial Times. Focuses on "technology, media and marketing grit."

New Media Musings:
Thoughts on new media from J.D. Lasica, a San Francisco-area journalist.




BtoB Media Business:
The magazine for business publishing executives. Claims to be the only publication focused exclusively on b2b, has more than 5,000 industry leaders as subscribers. Features the latest trends and analysis.

Columbia Journalism Review:
Bills itself as "America's premier media monitor." Produced by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Official publication of the Indianapolis-based Society of Professional Journalists. Much of the focus is on newspaper journalism.

This Primedia magazine focuses on the magazine world, both b2b and consumer.

Editors Only::
A newsletter dedicated to those interested in magazine editing and editorial management .




This site is intended for young editors, "who are looking to reach their dream magazine jobs by the year 2010." There is an interesting salary report, listings of college chapters, and a description of their popular 60-Minute-Mentor program.

Joblink for Journalists:
This simply designed job search tool allows user to input as many details as desired, such as region, experience, industry, and so forth. The downside is that when we checked, the total listings were less than 30.
This well-designed site features hundreds of jobs (almost 500 when we last checked), and works extremely well. It is easy to navigate and refine searches.

The Write Jobs:
This site focuses on journalism, media, publishing, technical and medical writing jobs. When we searched, there were less than 50 jobs total posted.




Indian Media Observer:
An independent overview of (and commentary on) the growing Indian media community, b2b and beyond. Also available is a free email newsletter put out by IMO.

Writing Assistance, Inc.:
A company that specializes in providing technical writers for virtually any project. Their database includes over 15,000 writers, and they also have a focus on web content.

Publishing Speakers' Bureau:
A listing of available speakers from the b2b press, maintained by American Business Media.

Minett Media:
This U.K.-based group is an independent editorial production and placement agency, offering articles to the trade press from a variety of business areas on a no-cost basis.

Technical Editors' Eyrie:
Various resources for technical editors

Write His Answer:
This site offers resources for Christian writers.

Button Generator:
This ingenious site allows web designers to create free custom buttons.

So, you want to be an editor:
A "gentle introduction to the profession of editing" from the Editors' Association of Canada. Offered in English and French.

National Writers Union:
The U.S.'s NWU is more than just another writers' organization — it is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media.

I Want Media:
A newsy site, with all sorts of media-related stories. It focuses on diversified media news and resources, and provides quick access to timely media news and relevant industry data, updated throughout the day.

Networking used to be the name of the game at Mediabistro, but this site has really evolved to be all about community for media professionals.



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