The London Press Club today announces significantly reduced membership rates ahead of its exciting schedule of events for 2014.

Debates, intimate Q&As and social evenings feature alongside the renowned Press Club Ball and Awards Lunch as the organisation builds on a headline-making 2013 programme. Events last year saw members hear from a wide range of speakers including Seb Coe, Kay Burley, Alan Rusbridger, Carla Buzasi and Andrew Gilligan.

London Press Club chairman Doug Wills, managing editor the Evening Standard, i and Independent titles, explained the new pricing structure: “After a fantastic year with events taking place from the Royal Courts of Justice to the Brazilian Embassy I would like even more journalists involved in the Press Club in the coming year. At our recent AGM the board agreed unanimously to halve membership fees. Added to the fact that it is now possible to join online, it has never been easier or more affordable to join the London Press Club. I firmly believe we have the best Press in the world, so it follows that we should aspire to have the best Press Club.”

Next up on the Press Club agenda is a debate on paywalls at the British Library, followed by an embassy attaches reception at Northcliffe House and a debate on the press post-Leveson. Partnership events involve among others YouGov, Editorial Intelligence, the Media Society, Women in Journalism and the Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

More Q&A sessions follow the recent ones held with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and Sun editor David Dinsmore, as well as regular social evenings. The London Press Club awards lunch takes place at Stationers’ Hall on May 21, with the Press Club Ball on October 9 at the Royal Courts Justice. Last year’s ball raised a record £30,000 for the Journalists’ Charity.

Press Club members receive priority booking for all events, discounts on the ball and awards, and free entry for debates and Q&As. Journalist membership is now £40, with £20 for media students and retired journalists. Existing members who have paid renewals/membership fees since October will have their memberships extended to October 2015.