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Don Winslow is the editor of the News Photographer Magazine for NPPA and is in the photo above. I commented to him how we should just combine the two organizations. Don said that sounds like a great blog post.
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The reason I think they should be combined is when I looked around the room I see people like Stacy Pearsall, Anacleto Rapping, Brad Smith and Dave Black and none of them are staff. They are now all freelancers or a better term independent contractors.
The biggest difference when these two organizations were founded is that NPPA was primarily made up of staff photographers and ASMP was freelancers.
In an earlier blog post I wrote:
You’ve probably heard that by 2020, 40% of the U.S. workforce will be independent workers. Today, there are already 53 million Americans (34% of the workforce) that fall into this category. That number is growing based on a number of factors. Some from employers who see this as a better choice and many employees who want more control over their lives as well.
Chauncy Lennon, who runs JPMorgan’s workforce initiatives said:
“The workforce of the past was organized around company. The workforce of the future is organized around the worker. If we can’t find the right people, it’s going to hurt our bottom line.”
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NPPA has had to do a lot of catching up with ASMP to help it's members with understanding business practices.
Due to the decline of staff jobs and even the number of independent photographers there are less members for these two organizations. At one time the NPPA had membership of 15,000+ and today they are closer to 5,000.
I believe that the members of both of these organizations have more in common than different and therefore would benefit of combining the two organizations.
How all this would happen I do not have that worked out in my head, but I do know that they need each other more today than at any other time.
I do know that one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the cost of membership. We have so many NPPA members who are either living in poverty or so close that every little penny counts.
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For many members the cost of membership for their $24,000 salary is like the cost of their food for a week.
I know that for the freelancer that the cost of ASMP membership is well worth it. It is actually more valuable early in your career since they can help you navigate the business aspect of the business better than you going it alone.
Since the executive director of ASMP was on the board of NPPA and NPPA needs an executive director why not just combine the two organizations and let Tom Kennedy and the boards help lead us to a healthier organization than two struggling organizations?