It´s true... Representatives of the press often have it easier in life, because they are treated preferentially. In the vernacular, journalists or editors are often described as 'the press' and enjoy a special status in society. In the meantime, even those representatives of the media who only work part-time enjoy this status. Even prestigious publishers and editorial offices promote part-time journalism because due to the constant upheaval in the media landscape, job relocations are commonplace: Former regularly employed full-time journalists have to earn their upkeep on a freelance basis.

These changes, however, also open up new perspectives: newcomers are offered attractive possibilities to successfully work in publishing and to assert themselves against their full-time colleagues. In contrast to other associations, EPF takes advantage of these developments for its members and is therefore especially open for part-time media representatives, journalists, press photographers and newcomers in the field of journalism.

What sort of association is the EPF?

The European Press Association (EPF) understands itself to be a competent partner and acts as a link between its members and governmental organisations, companies and career and sector associations. The association represents the member’s interests in all the diverse fields of publishing and advocates the freedom of the occupation. As a service orientated career  association, the EPF represents representatives of the media from all areas of journalism no matter whether they are part-time, full-time or freelance. Newcomers will always find EPF a strong partner at their side.

The European Press Association acts as an association represents the interests of its members independent of trade unions.
As an officially registered career association, the European Press Association is authorised to issue internationally recognised press cards. The press card, as well as the accompanying press documents, is issued with no additional costs within the scope of a membership. The press card is valid until the end of the current calendar year and will be reissued for the next year. Also included in the membership are further association services of considerable extent.

What you can count on: A strong representative of interests

The media penetrates our daily life more than ever before. Rightly so, our age is described as the age of the media. However the effect the media has on us is often subtle and it is difficult to decide where the effect starts and where it ends. Result: In this relation, journalists have an important roll to play because objectivity and independency whilst making coverage are important criteria for good journalistic work. With this mind, the EPF offers its members numerous services to optimise the quality and the efficiency of their work.

Who can become a member of EPF?

The European Press Federation is open to all representatives of the media who are active as journalists. Also welcome are people who work as journalists on a part-time basis. Incidentally: Specialists in the field of PR work are also gladly welcome at European Press Federation. Insiders appreciate the EPF because they, unlike other (trade union dominated) associations), don’t exclude part-time active journalists.

It is just these representatives of the media who work on a freelance basis who need unlimited freedom in the choice of their career association.