JOIN THE BWAA
The Boxing Writers Association of America’s purpose is to foster the highest professional and ethical standards in boxing journalism, print, electronic and video, and to promote better working conditions for those who cover the sport.
The BWAA is a professional media organization, not a club for bloggers or fans. It is comprised of professional journalists whose work appears on respected news outlets on a regular basis.
The BWAA is now open to video journalists who cover the sport regularly for credentialed news outlets.
Qualified writers and video journalists that cover the sport that are interested in joining are encouraged to answer the questionnaire below and send answers with requested story links and videos to BWAA Membership Chairman Jake Donovan at JakeNDaBox@gmail.com.
The BWAA is an organization of professional journalists. We’re not for hobbyists and passionate fans, even those who have found online outlets that are willing to run their writing. A significant number of applicants are not accepted for membership. This is not a matter of personalities. It reflects the same need for standards that is maintained by other professional writers’ organizations, such as the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The seven-member BWAA committee that votes on membership applications requires all applicants to show a substantial body of work relating to boxing. We look for articles and or videos that are full journalistic work; not short fight reports, lists, personal analyses, or Q&A pieces. The same applies to videos. The act of writing a hundred pieces about boxing, or preparing a hundred videos about boxing does not necessarily qualify an applicant for membership.
Qualified applicants fit into two categories: full and “auxiliary” membership. Full members have privileges including voting in BWAA elections and voting for nominees to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Auxiliary members are those who have achieved a certain level of accomplishment but have not yet amassed a body of work in terms of quality and quantity, although like full members, they have the right to vote on most BWAA awards.
An auxiliary member can apply for reconsideration of his or her classification following a one-year waiting period after writing more extensively. In the past, the BWAA granted auxiliary membership to some non-journalists affiliated with the sport, but that policy has changed.
If you would like to apply, please answer the following questions and address your e-mail to JakeNDaBox@gmail.com:
For whom do you cover boxing? You can include print, online journalism as well as books.
How long have you been writing about and covering boxing?
Approximately how many by-lined articles have you written about boxing/how many boxing videos have you produced?
How often, if at all, do you cover fights live at ringside?
What is your “day” job?
Have any of your fight-related expenses (for example, hotel and travel) been subsidized by a promoter, sanctioning body, manager, or other member of the boxing community other than a publication that you have written for? If the answer is “yes,” please explain.
Are there any current BWAA members whom you can list as references; and if so, whom?
Are there any other factors that should be weighed in considering your application?
Also, if you wish to apply, please submit links to a half-dozen recent articles or videos about boxing that you’re proud of having written or video content that have produced. These links should represent your best work.
Approved applicants are required to pay an annual $40 dues fee, which can be processed through Paypal on this site or through a check sent to the BWAA post office box.
JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO (Lifetime)
GAYLE LYNN FALKENTHAL
BERNARD FERNANDEZ (Lifetime)
JACK HIRSCH (Lifetime)
JERRY IZENBERG (Lifetime)
ARNE K. LANG (LANGVAD)
WALLACE MATTHEWS (Lifetime)
ANTHONY CARTER PAIGE
SANTOS A. PEREZ
CLIFFORD L. ROLD II
ED SCHUYLER, JR. (Lifetime)
THOMAS K. STEWART
MARGARET GOODMAN, MD