National Press Club definition of a member of the working press:

  1. Work as a:
    • Reporter, editor, writer, publisher
    • Editorial or news cartoonist or artist
    • News photographer or videographer
    • Producer, president or general manager
    • Librarian, Web master or other editorial employee
    For a publication, news service, broadcast outlet or news Internet site that is:
    • Regularly issued
    • Supported by advertising or paid subscriptions or published or funded by a non-profit organization
    • Operated with editorial independence from any political, governmental, commercial or special interest
    • Not a house organ of any organization or movement
    • Published primarily for the dissemination of news
  2. Teach journalism at the college level as your primary professional activity and are an instructor, professor or dean
  3. Are principally a non-fiction author whose work has been published by a commercial printing house