MEAA Media

MEAA Media is the union and industry advocate for Australia’s media professionals.

Founded in Melbourne on December 10 1910 and originally known as the Australian Journalists Association (AJA), MEAA Media has a long and proud history of:

As a MEAA Media member you are part of a vibrant, active and independent professional association bringing the people who work in the media industry together under a single banner.

All financial members of MEAA Media are entitled to a free Media Pass card, which identifies you as a member of the working media and is only available to genuine media professionals. To have your photo included on the card, you need to supply us with a passport-style photograph (head shot only).

katelin mcinerney

Katelin McInerney is the director of the Media section of MEAA. She graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). An internship at the Illawarra Mercury turned into a full time appointment, as education reporter, and she also covered news, features and community during her time with the paper. Katelin won a national award for her writing on education for the
Mercury. Katelin joined MEAA as an organiser in 2009, become the national lead organiser in 2012, and stepped up as director in 2015. She is passionate about protecting the rights of creative professionals. @Katelin_Mc


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Why I’m a member…

Nick McKenzie“I’m a member because – now, more than ever – journalists need to back each other and use this unity to keep our craft strong and independent. When I have needed help, the union’s been there for me.” Nick McKenzie is a multi-Walkley Award winner and investigative reporter for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and occasional reporter for ABC 4 Corners.


Anton Enus “To me, union means supporting one another in good times and bad. It means speaking out clearly on our ethics as an industry.” Anton Enus, a broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ experience, has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999.



Richard Glover“I’m positive about journalism’s future. For me, that means helping structure that future. Which means being part of the union.” Richard Glover is a Fairfax columnist, ABC presenter and secretary of the NSW Journalists’ Benevolent Fund.

Caroline Jones“I am pleased to be associated with MEAA as a union member of very long standing – and now as patron of Women in Media. It is through members working together that we achieve worthwhile goals.” Caroline Jones AO is a Walkley Award winner, presenter of ABC TV’s Australian Story and Patron of Women in Media.


Paula Matthewson“Being an MEAA member strengthens my brand as a freelancer: by agreeing to abide by the MEAA’s code of ethics I can demonstrate to publishers and readers that I’m committed to quality and honesty.” Paula Matthewson is a freelance journalist.


Your MEAA is as strong as YOU make it.