SEOPA Membership

Thank you for your interest in SEOPA. We have been helping outdoor communicators and allied corporate reps excel in their respective careers since 1964.

Media Members

Our media members specialize in stories about traditional outdoor sports like fishing, hunting, camping and boating via newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. They also report on conservation issues and outdoor politics. Annual dues for Active or Associate members are $75. Apprentice and Student and dues are $37.50. Three-year active and associate memberships are available at a discounted price of $200. All prices are pro-rated between May 1 and Nov. 1 to include the following year. (Active or Associate $112.50, three-year $237.50, Student $56.25)

Corporate Members

Corporate members support the SEOPA's efforts and utilize the association to build relationships with media members and explore potential partnerships with fellow corporate members. Most SEOPA media members hail from the 14 most southeastern states, but our corporate members are from all over the country. SEOPA Corporate Liaison Pam Swanner has a voting position on the SEOPA board of directors. She helps communicate the needs of corporate members to the board. She is actively working to enhance all aspects of the media-corporate member relationship. Annual dues are $200.00. A three-year membership is available for $540.00. These fees are pro-rated between May 1 and Nov. 1 to include the next year ($300 and $640.00, respectively).


All members receive at least twelve issues of SEOPA News each year via e-mail. The database, governing documents, guidelines and archived newsletters are also available on the website. Electronic membership data in the form of spreadsheets is available to members upon request. Executive Director Lisa Snuggs is available to assist with these and other informational requests.

SEOPA Annual Conference

Our annual conference is designed to bring all members together to learn and enjoy networking opportunities in a fun, productive atmosphere at a minimal cost. Our registration day (Wednesday) includes a showcase of tourism partners from the Southeast followed by a welcoming reception and dinner. Thursday is packed with helpful seminars and our annual membership meeting topped off with the awards banquet that night. On Friday we offer a Breakout Day when writers spend an afternoon outdoors exploring the products and services offered by corporate members. We also have a shooting event on Saturday followed by special sessions and food, drink, and pickin’ and grinnin’. While the conference schedule may vary from year to year, the experience remains worthy of attendance.


We are working with SEOPA tourism partners to coordinate small, brief gatherings throughout the year centered around specific events or newsworthy outdoors activities. Members will be notified of meetup opportunities via our website communications portal.

Click below to apply for media membership or to buy a corporate member membership.

Media Membership Instructions and Application

Corporate Membership

If you have any questions regarding SEOPA, please contact Executive Director Lisa Snuggs at [email protected] or 704-961-7614.