One of the most beneficial aspects of membership in FCA is participation in the annual conference, held each spring. In addition to conducting the associationís business, members are able to hear experts discuss many aspects of communications and publications, including editing and design, budgeting, printing and publication philosophy. The opportunity for fellowship and exchange of views and ideas with colleagues also adds immeasurably to the worth of attendance and membership in FCA.
The exchange provides members with generic articles or articles that may be modified for use in a particular publication. There are always several articles available from the Communication Services Committee, which is responsible for obtaining and distributing the articles. In addition, members, upon request, will frequently grant permission for an article to be used in another memberís publication.
During the annual conference, outstanding achievements by association members are recognized through FCAís prestigious publishing awards. Excellence is honored in several categories, including design, article content and specialty areas unique to fraternal publications. Members have the opportunity to enter one item in each category. Entries are judged by professionals in the fields of journalism and publishing. Our awards program is made possible through the generosity of the North-American Interfraternity Foundation (NIF).
Each year, FCA publishes a directory of members, committees, officers and past presidents. Associate and affiliate members are also included in the directory.
FCA's Information Technology committee maintains the FCA list-serve, which distributes news, information and announcements directly to FCA member subscribers daily.
A member of FCA receives camera-ready art of the associationís logo. High-resolution versions of the logo are also available HERE. Many members display the FCA logo on the contents page of their publication as an indication of their commitment to and support of the association.
MAGAZINE & COMMUNICATIONS CRITIQUE SERVICE
Members regularly have an opportunity (usually during the annual conference) to obtain a confidential, no-charge critique of their publications by experts. In addition, some members are willing to offer critiques of other membersí publications by mail.