About Us

The Midwest Travel Journalists Association was organized in Wisconsin in 2017 to encourage a high level of professionalism and ethical practice among our membership and within the travel industry as a whole. MTJA members live and work in a 13-state territory that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

MTJA Active members work as travel writers, reporters, photographers and editors in print and electronic media formats. MTJA Associate and Alternate Associate members represent city, state and regional tourism destinations within our membership area, as well as major travel destinations, attractions and other entities.

MTJA members at spring 2017 conference in Frankfort, KY. Photo courtesy of April Cole and Visit Frankfort.

Code of Ethics
Midwest Travel Journalists Association is a not-for-profit organization of travel journalists which includes:  a) Active Members — journalists, writers, editors, photographers and broadcasters who report and comment on travel and tourism; and b) Associate Members — professional public relations people in the field of travel and tourism.

The purpose of the Association is to protect and upgrade travel writing as a profession by exchanging ideas, encouraging high professional ideals, fostering communications between travel writers and readers, and championing the cause of travelers from the Midwest.

Members of MTJA subscribe to the highest standards in the profession of journalism. In accepting and continuing in membership, each member agrees to abide by a Code of Professional Responsibility.

MTJA Board Members:
President, Gary Knowles (term ends April 2018), openair@aol.com
Active Vice President, Amy Lynch (term ends April 2018), amy@amylynch.com
Associate Vice President, Jessica O’Riley (term ends April 2018), Jessica.ORiley@IowaEDA.com
Secretary, Terri Weeks (term ends April 2019), terrigweeks@gmail.com
Treasurer, Lori Erickson (term ends April 2018), erickson.lori@gmail.com

Active Directors:
Rich Warren (term ends April 2018), rwarren212@aol.com
Carla Waldemar (term ends April 2019), cwaldemar@comcast.net
Sarah Jaquay (term ends April 2018), sjaquay@sbcglobal.net

Associate Director:
Marjorie Beenders (term ends April 2019), Marjorie@tbwgroup.net

Committee Chairs:
Clips/Scrapbook/Pinterest coordinator, Terri Weeks
Ethics, Gary Knowles
GEMmy Awards, Elizabeth Granger
Mark Twain Awards, Patricia Wood Winn
Mary Ethel’s Basket, Diana Lambdin Meyer
Membership Applications, Kathie Sutin
New Member Welcome and Orientation, Mike Whye
Newsletter, Becky Linhardt
Nominating, Marge Peterson
Professional Development, Amy Lynch
Public Relations/Publicity, Marjorie Beenders
Sites Director, Kathy Witt
Spotlight Awards, Toni Alexander
State Memberships, Marjorie Beenders

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