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Why Join the Catholic Press Association?

Benefits of Membership

Our members join for a variety of reasons. Some join for networking and career growth, others for the fellowship of our industry, and still others simply for our awards program. Whatever your reason for joining, CPA provides resources to help you thrive in your profession.

Giving Catholics a Voice

Over 100 years ago, the seed of the association was planted. It finally blossomed in 1911 with the understanding that a united group could best serve the needs of the Catholic faith and the right to protect that faith with viable publications. In tough economic and religious times, the need for this unity is just as strong today as it was in 1911. CPA allows members to connect with each other to exchange ideas. In addition, CPA connects its members directly to bishops and the Vatican through conferences and webinars. CPA provides a number of services to keep Catholic journalists and their colleagues strong.

CPA Directory

Every year, CPA prints a current directory of organizational and individual members. New members receive a complimentary Directory upon joining CPA. Directories updated annually and mailed to each member. Members can also search for existing members and send out messages through our website.

Catholic Media Conference

The annual Catholic Media Conference allows members to gather and discuss issues concerning Catholic journalists. The three days of programming cover six different topical tracks. The educational focus of Master Camps and the valuable experience shared in the Education sessions create tailored experiences for those seeking professional development.

Annual Awards Program

CPA acknowledges excellence in the field with the annual Catholic Press Awards, CPA Book Awards, the Gabriel Awards, the Bishop John England Award and the St. Francis de Sales Award. Member publications and publishers, large or small, may enter the Catholic Press Awards and the Catholic Book Awards. A banquet is held each year at the Catholic Media Conference to recognize the winners.


The CPA Education Committee organizes webinars around topics that are relevant to members roles. Webinars give the Catholic press community a chance to exchange ideas and learn from experts without having to leave the office.

Career Center

CPA has an online Career Center that is free for members. Members can post open positions to leverage the Catholic community of CPA members to identify qualified candidates.

The Catholic Journalist

CPA’s membership newspaper keeps our community informed on best practices, first amendment rights issues, and upcoming events. All members receive a free subscription to The Catholic Journalist and are welcome to submit articles for consideration.

Consultation Services

CPA provides opportunities for member organizations to analyze and improve their procedures. Members may request a consultation to improve their business operations. They may also participate in the Catholic Communication Consultation Initiative, which moves organizations from reacting to events and circumstance to a proactive communication strategy with increased impact. CPA members may apply for grant money provided by the Catholic Communications Campaign to offset the cost of a consultation.

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