Society of Professional Obituary Writers Membership Criteria
Working journalists - news organization employees and freelance - who write, edit and present obituaries for newspapers, magazines, wire services, radio stations or networks, television stations or networks, cable outlets, online news services and Internet sites.
Also eligible for full membership are journalism educators, former obituary-writing reporters and retirees from these categories.
Full members are eligible to vote, hold office and get discounted registration rates for SPOW Conventions.
Other journalists, educators, scholars, librarians, authors, biographers and other professionals, who are interested in SPOW's mission to improve the quality of the writing and presentation of obituaries and life stories using journalistic guidelines.
Associate members are welcome to join in discussions affecting SPOW as an organization. They may participate at SPOW Conventions and serve on convention committees, but they are not eligible to vote or hold office.
Students at accredited colleges and universities pursuing a course of study in communications, preferably journalism, and high school students pursuing journalism courses or working on school or alternative publications.
Student members may participate at SPOW Conventions and volunteer with convention committees, but they are not eligible to vote and cannot hold office.
Dues of $25 for full/associate members and $5 for students for the calendar year must be paid before each year's SPOW Conference. Online payment can be made through PayPal:
Payment may also be made by check, payable to Society of Professional Obituary Writers and turned in at the conference or mailed to Society of Professional Obituary Writers, c/o Alana Baranick, 317 Kildeer Lane, Elyria, OH 44035.
To join, simply send the following information with your name in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Mailing address at work
Home mailing address (optional)
A brief bio with emphasis on your obituary-related work.
We invite all obit-writing reporters and newsfolk to join SPOW and to attend the SPOW Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., May 12-14, 2011.