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ASBPE membership is available to staff and freelance B2B editorial professionals — including editors, reporters, art directors, designers, multimedia, audience engagement and event coordinator roles — working for B2B-oriented (i.e.: business, trade, association, professional) publications. Membership is also available to faculty and students in the journalism departments (or related fields) at all institutions of higher learning (undergrad or graduate). Persons engaged as vendors, and other persons having a professional or occupational interest in journalism, communications, or business publications are eligible for an Affiliate membership. All members are required to have a valid U.S. address. ASBPE does not currently accept international members. Membership applications are generally reviewed within 48 business hours.
Why Join ASBPE?
1. ASBPE Is Your Voice
ASBPE is an association of B2B media professionals who work for business publications. ASBPE is dedicated to recognizing editorial excellence, fostering a diverse and inclusive community of B2B professionals, providing educational and job advancement resources, and raising the profile of B2B media.
2. National Conference
At ASBPE’s National Conference, you can learn how to deal with the editorial, technical and business issues that are shaping your future as a professional and the future of your publication. Hear what the country’s top experts have to say about business and editorial practices that work. Swap ideas with your peers from around the country. This annual meeting fosters a collegial atmosphere where you can easily network with your peers. Already the best value in our industry, ASBPE’s conference is an even better value for members. Members get discounted rates to attend the annual conference and national Azbee Awards of Excellence banquet.
3. Annual Azbee Awards of Excellence
Members receive discounts on entry fees for ASBPE’s annual Azbee Awards of Excellence. The Azbee Awards competition is the largest and most competitive in B2B publishing. The Society recognizes excellence — in both print and digital platforms — in 60+ editorial and design categories, including:
- Magazine of the Year
- Digital Magazine of the Year
- Website of the Year
- Multi-Platform Package of the Year
- Social Media Account of the Year
- Email Newsletter of the Year
- and more!
4. Annual Azbee Awards of Excellence Banquets
Members receive registration discounts to attend our banquets honoring the gold, silver, and bronze winners on regional and national levels. The national banquet also features the winners of our top-prize Overall Excellence categories and the Stephen Barr Award. The Stephen Barr Award is the ASBPE Educational Foundation’s “best of show” prize, selected by a panel of judges from the top feature-writing categories.
5. Fellowships and Scholarships
ASPBE’s Diversity Fellowship aims to develop a more representative corps of journalists and leaders in the B2B media community. Selected fellows receive free registration to the national conference and awards banquet, as well as complimentary registration to webinars and personalized mentoring. The ASBPE Educational Foundation’s Young Leader Scholarship pays the registration fees for promising young editors to attend our National Conference.
6. Email Newsletters
Keep up to date on what’s happening at ASBPE with our email newsletters. Every member email has valuable information that will help editors and designers do their jobs more effectively.
7. Member Discounts
Members get discounts on fees for ASBPE’s annual conference, webinars, networking events, the Azbee Awards of Excellence competition, and other special opportunities.
8. Educational Opportunities
Local chapters present a variety of virtual and local programming. Discover new resources and enhance your career. Your chapter membership is included in your national membership. ASBPE sponsors local chapters in the following cities:
No local chapter in your city? Contact ASBPE if you are interested in starting a new chapter.
9. Networking Events
ASBPE events (virtual and in-person) help members to network with their peers and grow their sphere of influence. Attendees can keep on top of industry trends, make important contacts and share strategies.
10. ASBPE Webinars
ASBPE offers webinars on cutting-edge topics presented by top professionals in the field. Members receive discounts on all webinars, and some are FREE to members!
11. The ASBPE Website and Members-Only Section
ASBPE’s website hosts our news and blog, our upcoming event list, and a whole lot more. An exclusive members-only section contains:
- Archived webinars
- ASBPE’s ethics guide
- Member and freelancer directories
- ASBPE Connect, our new online community for networking with B2B media professionals across the U.S.
12. The ASBPE Career Center
ASBPE provides members with a Career Center that helps B2B media professionals grow and navigate their careers. The Career Center includes job listings in B2B media, a resume review tool, content with career advice and more.