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).

Marcus Strom was elected President of MEAA Media in 2017 and re-elected this year. He was a senior journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald for 14 years and now works as a science media adviser at the University of Sydney. Marcus was a Walkley Award finalist in 2016 and finalist for Science Journalist of the Year at the 2017 Eureka Awards. He is a director of the Walkley Foundation and chair of the Media Safety & Solidarity Fund. He tweets at @strom_m


Adam Portelli thumbnailAdam Portelli is the director of the Media section of MEAA. Adam is also the union’s Victoria/Tasmania Regional Director. Prior to joining MEAA, Adam worked in a variety of roles including as an employment lawyer and with the National Union of Workers (now the United Workers Union) as a National Industrial Officer. He tweets at @PortelliAJ








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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.