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Best Communications Associations & Organizations To Join in 2021

American Communication Association (ACA)

Founded in 1993, the ACA is a virtual, non-profit association that’s committed to enhancing new communication technologies to open the door for better research, instruction, and evaluation in the communication industry. The ACA focuses on fostering education and excellent teaching in all areas of human communication. This association works to evaluate communication certifications and provides a much-needed voice for laws and policies drafted regarding the communication industry. While the ACA is based in the United States, it does accept members anywhere on the globe.
Prof. Philip J. Auter, Executive Director
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Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO)

APOC International holds the title of both the largest and oldest organization in the public safety communication sector. Concerned with public welfare, this organization has a large U.S. membership base. However, it does serve safety communication professionals around the globe by supplying expertise, technical help, advocacy, outreach, and professional development in the communication industry. The APCO believes that by empowering public safety communication practitioners through education, they can better strengthen communities around the globe.
351 N. Williamson Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 322-2500

Communications Media Management Association (CMMA)

For more than 70 years, the CMMA has been an advocate for professional communication media managers. This organization provides networking and career development opportunities for its members with all types of events. These include regional meetings, technology-based events, conferences, and even industry publications. Members of the CMMA include government officials, educational professionals, and corporate employees. The CMMA believes that management and technology are focus areas that promote professional leadership growth and development. Media managers can rely on CMMA to provide them with an introduction to the right tools to perform their jobs effeciently.
1604 Glendale Hills Drive, NE Suite B25
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 271-4307

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

Founded in 1970, the IABC has been serving thousands of professionals worldwide who are in the communication field. This international association brings together education, certifications, awards programs, an online magazine, annual conferences, and an in-depth resource library to support the global community of communication professionals. With career guidance and in-depth learning at the forefront of its mission, the IABC strives to share best practices and innovative thinking among its members. The IABC maintains six core principles of ethics, context, analysis, consistency, engagement, and strategy. Their members include professionals in public relations, human resources, editing, investor relations, writing, social responsibility, media relations, and so much more.
330 N Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000,
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-6868

National Communication Association (NCA)

The NCA focuses on advancing communication through focusing on communication modes, media, forms, and their consequences. Members include practitioners, teachers, and scholars who are able to enable their professional interests because of the research and teaching provided by the NCA. This association focuses on enhancing competent communication to increase the human quality of life through relationships, both public and private. The NCA is committed to supporting diversity and inclusiveness within the organization, throughout the workplace, and in the classroom. This scholarly association is committed to the teaching and study of communication.
1765 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 464-4622

National Information Officers Association (NIOA)

Founded in 1989, NIOA is comprised of hundreds of public information officers across the country. They share the goals of working together to enhance standards of professionalism and voice concerns about problems facing the communication industry. All public information officers know that staying on top of the latest communication trends, maintaining consistent relationships with the media, and staying on an endless journey of education and training is essential to doing their job effectively. NIOA works to provide its members with continued training and educational opportunities while fostering stronger media relations in communities throughout the country. At the base of NIOA’s core values are education, ethics, networking, and professionalism.
PO Box 10125
Knoxville, TN 37939
(865) 389-8736

Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA)

Started in 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, TAGA was created with the sole purpose of publishing information about the graphic arts industry. This international association is comprised of academics and industry professionals that are focused on technology innovation and scientific research in the graphic communications industry. At their annual conference, TAGA provides attendees with the latest R&D in the industry, so they can see first hand how it will impact their businesses and activities. TAGA is committed to providing practical, functional, and theoretical information to its members worldwide about emerging technologies in the graphic arts industry. TAGA is currently part of the Printing United Alliance, which is the largest graphic arts association in the country.
301 Brush Creek Rd
Warrendale, PA 15086