Every person, who is an Indian national of the age of 21 and above, shall be deemed to have become a member of the Club who shall have applied in the prescribed form for membership and shall have paid his/her admission fee and initial subscription fee after enrolment as a member. The Governing Council or any other committee appointed by it shall have the right to screen all the applicants before granting them Club membership.
Candidate Members will be those journalists who have freshly entered the profession and are entitled to become members of the Club as defined under the Memorandum of Association. Such members will remain candidate members for two years, provided they submit proof of their being in the same profession. After the expiry of two years, these members should apply for regular membership and shall be granted Regular Membership as per Club rules. If they fail to apply for Regular Membership after the expiry of two years as Candidate Members, they will automatically cease to be Candidate Members. However, they can seek membership in this category again. The Candidate Members shall not be invited to the General House meetings and shall have no voting right. Such members shall, however, enjoy all other facilities and will follow the rules and regulations and pay all their dues to the Club.
Working journalists as defined in the Working Journalists Act shall be the Regular Members. A working journalist means a person whose principal avocation is that of a journalist and who is employed as such in, or in relation to, any newspaper establishment, and includes a managing editor, an editor-in-chief, an editor, a resident editor, an associate editor, a deputy editor, an assistant editor, a leader writer, a news editor, a deputy/assistant news editor, a chief sub-editor, a senior sub-editor, a sub-editor, a feature writer, a copy taster, a reporter, a correspondent, a cartoonist, a news photographer and a proofreader. (Note: Newspapers and news agencies). In addition, a director (news), a joint director (news), an editor, a news editor and a staff correspondent of AIR Doordarshan and electronic media accredited with central/state governments will be eligible to be a Regular Member. Journalists who are employed on the contract basis by newspapers and news channels are also eligible to become members of the Club, provided they fall within the definition of a journalist as explained in the Working Journalists Act. A member will continue to be a Regular Member after retirement from active journalism on attaining the age of superannuation. A Regular Member who attains the age of 60 years shall pay half of the subscription fee applicable to a Regular Member, but will continue to enjoy all the rights and privileges of a Regular Member. All Regular Members and Regular Life Members (as described below) shall have the voting rights. Any journalist who otherwise fulfills the qualifications and requirements of a Regular Member, and is transferred to Chandigarh by a media organization can be granted membership, subject to clearance by the Governing Council or any committee set up by it. However, no journalist over 45 years will be granted Regular membership. A journalist seeking membership after attaining the age of 45 years may be admitted as Associate Member, provided there is a vacancy. Any journalist, who is a Regular Member of Chandigarh Press Club, cannot become a member of any other Press Club in the Tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali, and Panchkula. A journalist shall retain his/her Regular Membership even if he/she changes profession, provided he/she has worked as a journalist and is the member of the Club for 15 years. If a journalist changes his/her profession before completing 15 years as a journalist and a Regular Member of the Club, he/she shall cease to be a member. However, he/she may be granted associate membership.
Those persons whose principal avocation is not that of a journalist but who contribute part time to the newspapers as drama critics, cartoonists, and the related fields, members of the Central Information Service, management members of newspapers/news agencies/electronics media, publishers, information and Public Relations Officers of the state, central and corporate sectors, artists, writers, free-lance journalists, persons from the academics, executives of advertisement agencies accredited to the Indian Newspapers Society, present and former members of the Press Council of India and facilitators (the number not exceeding Ten(10) of the Club.
The Associate Members shall not have the voting right and will fall into the following two categories:
(A) Associate (Media): Those belonging to/employed in the print and electronic media/media houses; and
(B) Associate (non-media): Those from the academics and executives of accredited advertising agencies.
All Associate (Non-media) members and information officers, public relations officers and members of the central information services falling in the Associate (Media) category shall compulsorily cease to be members of Chandigarh Press Club on attaining the age of 60 years.
The Governing Council of the Club or any other committee appointed by it will admit Corporate Members from time to time, subject to the following conditions:
Persons of distinction who are invited by the Governing Council to become Honorary Members of the Club for a period of one year or for a period to be specified by the Governing Council. However, the membership of Honorary Members can be granted only up to a period of a maximum of five years. The honorary members will be people of eminence who have excelled in their respective fields.