Membership Classes


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I. VOTING MEDIA MEMBERSHIP: Members must receive monetary compensation for work in angling-, shooting-, hunting- or trapping-oriented subject matter. Only those credits that have already been paid 12 months prior to the application date may be listed. A total score of 24 points involving compensated work in one or more of the Voting Membership categories is required. A Voting Member’s signature on an initial membership application or annual renewal form acknowledges meeting the 24-point minimum for the previous 12 months. Payment of annual dues required.

II. ASSOCIATE MEDIA MEMBERSHIP: Associate Members do not meet the requirements for the Voting Membership class but have an interest in outdoor communications. To qualify as an Associate Member, the applicant must receive monetary compensation for at least one item listed under the various Categories For Voting Membership. An Associate Member may qualify as a Voting Member by meeting the Voting Member criteria at the time of a membership renewal. This is a non-voting membership. Payment of annual dues required.


III. RETIRED MEDIA MEMBERSHIP: Retired Media Members are those who worked within the outdoor industry as a communicator for a period of 15 consecutive years or more and have fully retired. This classification is a non-voting membership and requires payment of annual dues. A Retired Media Member may qualify as an Associate Member by meeting the Associate Member criteria at the time of a membership renewal. A Retired Media Member may qualify as a Voting Member by meeting the Voting Member criteria at the time of a membership renewal. Payment of annual dues required.

IV. CHARTER MEMBERSHIP: Any member in any classification who joined POMA during the organization's first 60 days of member recruitment (June 18, 2005 to August 17, 2005) receives the special designation of Charter Media Member.

V. PUBLIC AGENCY MEDIA MEMBERSHIP: Public Agency Media Members are publication editors or information/education specialists employed by county, state or federal agencies that have an interest in the promotion of hunting, fishing, shooting and trapping. A Public Media Agency Member may qualify as a Voting Member by meeting the Voting Member criteria for work produced outside the agency. Payment of annual dues required.

VI. CORPORATE PARTNER MEMBERSHIP: Corporate Partner Members are corporations, organizations, firms and tourism or natural resource agencies that have an interest in the outdoors and support the goals, philosophies and programs of POMA. Corporate Partner Memberships are available by invitation of the POMA Board of Directors only. Payment of annual dues required.


VII. CORPORATE PARTNER MEDIA OUTLET MEMBER (CPMOM): A company/entity that disseminates/publishes traditional outdoor sports content directly to the consumer marketplace. Publishing content may be the primary focus of the entity or an adjunct to the entity's primary mission.
Example of entities that qualify for POMA CPMOM membership: membership organization or manufacturer that publishes (print or digital), airs, develops a magazine, book, radio or television show, videos, online broadcasts or a network of blogs. Full-time media staff employees of a CPMOM are eligible to join POMA as media members under the CPMOM membership. Qualified media staffers are those who write, edit, produce, photograph/video, host the CPMOM's consumer-based content.
 
VIII. CORPORATE PARTNER MEDIA OUTLET MEMBER – MEDIA STAFF MEMBER (CPMOM Media Staff Member): A non-voting media membership open to full-time staff members of existing Corporate Partner Media Outlets (CPMOMs). These staff members must develop editorial content for direct consumption by the public. This classification does not include public relations or corporate communications personnel. They are listed under the CP's business listing. Staff members join through the CP's primary membership but are listed in the media directory. They are identified as Corporate Partner Media Staff Members.

IX. CORNERSTONE MEMBERSHIP: Any member in any member classification who joined POMA during the organization's first 60 days of member recruitment (June 18, 2005 to August 17, 2005) and made an additional monetary donation to POMA when joining that was equal to or more than 10 percent of the initial dues for the membership classification receives the special designation of Cornerstone Member.

X. HERITAGE MEMBERSHIP: Heritage Members are veteran professional journalists who made significant contributions to honor the heritage of fishing, hunting, trapping and shooting. Any member may submit a written nomination for a Heritage Member to the Board for consideration. A Heritage Membership shall be bestowed by board invitation only and can be revoked by the Board. No annual dues required. 

XI. STUDENT MEMBERSHIP: 
Student members are full-time students 18 to 25 years of age who are pursuing a career in some form of media with a focus compatible with POMA's Mission Statement. Student members must be sponsored by a current Voting Member. Payment of an annual membership fee, continuing sponsorship by a Voting Member and participation in programs as outlined in the POMA Policy Papers are required.
 
XII. ASSOCIATE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL: The Associate Industry Professional category is an individual non-voting membership for industry professionals who are actively involved in the outdoor industry-based professions of communications, public relations or marketing. To qualify as an Associate Industry Professional Member the applicant must receive monetary compensation for work. Payment of annual dues required. THIS IS NOT A CORPORATE PARTNER membership and does not allow for promotion of a company/organization or products/services to POMA members. The individual, not their company, is listed in  the POMA membership database and mailing lists.