Groups and associations supporting UK travel journalists
By Phoebe-Jane Boyd
16 Oct 2020
With furlough, redundancies and the difficulty to find new work impacting all areas of the media, journalists hit particularly hard during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic have been those in the travel and tourism sector. As we wait and hope for the world to open back up and recovery to come to all industries, here are some associations supporting UK travel writers, editors, bloggers and photographers.
Guild of Travel Writers
Welcomes: The guild’s community currently
includes 250 accredited writers, bloggers, photographers and broadcasters – new
applicants are screened and interviewed, and there’s a code of conduct to keep
was founded: 1960 (2020
marks its 60th anniversary).
What are the benefits of joining: The BGTW press card – accredited across the world – allows for discounted or free entry to hundreds of attractions, and the guild has also teamed up with a variety of businesses for further member discounts. Particularly useful now people are working from home (where possible) the guild offers free use of the BGTW premium Zoom account and the ability to connect with fellow members.
Welcomes: ITWA represents journalists with a
‘genuine and professional’ interest in travelling across the globe to write,
edit, broadcast or create images – 53% of members are based in Europe.
the benefits of joining: Its Alliance Press Card is recognised throughout the travel and
tourism industry, and the twice-monthly Alliance Bulletin provides journalists
with key information. The Alliance Syndication Network and The Alliance Opinion
Forum also allow for the distribution of work and
Welcomes: Full-time professional journalists,
bloggers, writers, broadcasters and photographers contributing to the
mainstream media at professional rates of pay.
When it was founded: Originally
started by travel journalist and author Andrew Sanger in 2000, the
association was transferred to Blackheath Business Solutions in 2017.
What are the benefits of joining: TravelwritersUK
aims to act as a ‘shop window’ for those in the travel journalism sector. Job
opportunities are shared throughout the network and members are also given an
association press card.