SFCC membership is not just open to foreign correspondents: all foreign passport holders may join under additional membership categories. (PRC law unfortunately prohibits us from admitting Chinese nationals.) While, as its name implies, the SFCC exists primarily to serve the interests its Correspondent Members, the club also has a lot to offer to Media and Associate members.
Correspondent Membership is open to all foreign correspondents who work for overseas news organizations and subject to review by the board. It also includes stringers and freelancers whose primary source of income derives from contributing to international publications. The SFCC’s events cater to the interests and concerns of foreign correspondents in China, correlating to the latest happenings that our Correspondent Members are covering. The SFCC also brings Correspondent Members into Shanghai’s journalist community, valuable for its social interaction as well as professional support.
Media Members are defined as foreign passport holders working primarily for China-based publications and media. This includes editors and staff writers of local publications, as well as the freelancers who write primarily for them. SFCC Media Members enjoy access to sources and resources otherwise available only to accredited foreign correspondents. As many of the foreigners working for local media are relatively new to Shanghai or to journalism, Media Members can glean advice from more seasoned Correspondent Members, and advance their careers or expand their freelancing opportunities through job openings posted to the SFCC list.
Associate Membership is open to expatriates interested in journalism but working in other fields. Our ranks of associate members include consular staff, attorneys and public relations executives. Many Associate Members are attracted to the SFCC by the wealth of stimulating talks, on more stimulating topics than those offered by business associations. The SFCC mailing list provides Associate Members an efficient means for publicizing their company’s events and announcements, while SFCC events provide opportunities to socialize with journalists. SFCC membership provides businesspeople access to the sort of information otherwise available only to journalists and allowing them to keep ahead of the headlines and know the news before it is even written.