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The Melbourne Press Club has been a key part of the city’s media community for more than 50 years.

It is a forum where journalists and those working in related industries can hear from the key players in important national debates, and discuss significant issues close to Victorian hearts. The Club also delivers programs and resources to help professional development, while providing engagement with pressing industry issues, such as media freedom and defamation law reform.

Each year the Club hosts one of our industry’s most prestigious media awards, the Quills, where it also presents two high-profile national awards, the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year and the Harry Gordon Australian Sports Journalist of The Year.

Our Young Journalist of the Year Award celebrated its 30th birthday in 2023, a firm reminder of the Club’s long-standing commitment to identifying, developing and recognising new journalism talent.

Speakers at the Club’s regular events have included Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, prime ministers, premiers, authors, sports heroes and top business executives.

Joining the Melbourne Press Club is easy. Signing up gives you access to a network of more than 500 media professionals, who are all committed to supporting journalism across Victoria.

Yearly membership costs $100 for journalists, $150 for associate members or $40 for students.

You can find the Melbourne Press Club on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

The Melbourne Press Club’s purpose is to celebrate, support and advocate for journalism.


Membership of the Melbourne Press Club enables journalists and related professionals to mix and meet with colleagues on a regular basis in an informal and convivial atmosphere. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in the media.

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Membership is $100 for journalists, $150 for associate members and $40 for students.

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