Join the TCA

The Television Critics Association is a non-profit organization of professional, full-time TV writers and critics covering the television industry for newspapers, magazines and advertiser-supported online sites. TCA holds twice-yearly press tours in the Los Angeles area for members that allows face-to-face contacts with network executives, producers and actors.

Applications are accepted twice a year: September 5-16 and March 15-April 1.

If you would like to apply for membership, the application will be posted on this page on March 15.

Interested in applying to become a TCA member? Please make sure you fit the following criteria before submitting an application:

1) You are a full-time editor, journalist or critic who covers television as a significant percentage of their beat.

2) You are employed or contracted as a reporter, writer or editor for organizations that are supported by advertising and/or paid subscriptions and are not promotional or house organs of any television network, advocacy group, television-production company or government agency.

3) You adhere to professional standards of behavior in order to preserve effective working relationships with the networks, studios, talent and others involved in Press Tour presentations.

If this sounds like you, please fill out the form below and attach 12 of your best clips (no episodic recaps please).

Thank you,
The TCA Board

Please complete the following form, then click the Submit button below. Entries that are starred (*) are required.

Your essential information

Name *:

Publication or news organization *:

Street *:

City *:

State/Province *:

Zip code *:

Email address *:

Phone number *:

Your publication

Type of publication *:

Circulation *:

Frequency *:

Your position

Title *:

How much do you write about TV *:

Status *:

If you selected "Freelance" please list all publications (with editor contacts) you have written for in the past 3 months:

If you selected "Other," please describe:

Is this position the primary source of your income? *:
If you answered "No," please list your primary occupation and the name of your primary employer:

Your beat

What best describes your beat? *:
TV almost exclusivelyTV and other beats
If you cover other beats in addition to TV, check all that apply:
MoviesRadioHome VideoInternetTechnologyGeneral EntertainmentGeneral NewsSportsTravelRestaurants
Number of stories you write per week *:

Check all the types of stories you write *:
ReviewsNewsNotesCelebrity ProfilesTrend Stories/Features

Your clips

You must supply twelve (12) clips of your recent work writing about television from the past four months. If these clips are not on the web, you must mail them to us. Type "snail mail" in each of the three blanks below if you do not have Web links.

Note: The maximum URL lenth is 128 characters. If your URL is longer, please use a link-shortening service like or and submit the shorter URL.

Please choose THREE of these months and give us FOUR clips from within that month. The other month you can leave blank.

What should you include? Any news articles, reviews (not episode recaps), interviews or think pieces you have done.

Month 1
Clip 1a URL *:

Clip 2a URL *:

Clip 3a URL *:

Clip 4a URL *:

Month 2
Clip 1b URL *:

Clip 2b URL *:

Clip 3b URL *:

Clip 4b URL *:

Month 3
Clip 1c URL *:

Clip 2c URL *:

Clip 3c URL *:

Clip 4c URL *:

Month 4
Clip 1d URL *:

Clip 2d URL *:

Clip 3d URL *:

Clip 4d URL *:

Your editor

Name *:

Title *:

Phone number *:

Email *:

Additional Reference

If you want to add another reference besides your editor/supervisor, fill out the lines below.




Phone number:


Additional Comments

Anything you would like to add? Additional comments or questions about this application:

Terms of membership

If you are admitted to membership in TCA, it is your responsibility to read and abide by the Bylaws and Code of Conduct of the TCA. Please read them before proceeding. *
I agree to comply with the Television Critics Association bylaws and code of conduct.

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