The boards of SNPA and Inland saw a critical need for an association that provides a strong voice for the industry, promotes the value of newspapers to their communities, and raises awareness about the critical importance of trusted journalism in our society.
The industry has seen a significant change in the last decade. There has been a migration to larger groups and an exiting of many long-term family owners. It has also seen a seismic shift in the business model and long-held practices have been upended.
This new association will have a new focus, but it is also committed to preserving the networking, the camaraderie, and the idea-sharing that are hallmarks of SNPA and Inland. Along with the “old,” there will be plenty of “new:”
If you received The Lede from Inland Press Association or the eBulletin from SNPA, you are already signed up! Watch for your first issue the week of Oct. 14.
We also will be sending updates to you this week from the Annual Meeting.
Members who did not previously receive The Lede (from Inland) or the eBulletin (from SNPA) and would like to be added to the distribution list, are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Newspaper dues will be based on paid subscribers, instead of circulation and digital reach. Our models suggest that most newspapers will pay about the same or slightly less than they are currently paying. Companies that are members of both SNPA and Inland will certainly see lower membership expenses.
Subscriber-Based Dues Structure for Newspapers:
|Paid Subscribers||Annual Dues|
|More than 100,000||$2,500|
Discounts are available to newspaper groups.
Tiered Rate for R&D Members:
|# of Employees
|Paid Subscribers||Annual Dues|
The 2019 dues that your company has paid to Inland or SNPA has transferred to America's Newspapers, and your company will become a member of America's Newspapers until the end of 2019. You will receive your 2020 dues statement from America's Newspapers in late November.
America's Newspapers encourages your involvement! Information about membership will be posted at this site soon.
The first board of the new association consists of nine representatives from the former Inland board, nine from the former SNPA board, three R&D partners and four officers – a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Chris Reen, president of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, will serve as president for 2019-20. He is the chief elected officer who will preside at meetings.
After this first year, the officers will include chair (the immediate past president), president, vice president and treasurer.
The new association will be staffed by the dedicated and experienced members of the current SNPA and Inland staffs – faces and names that you already know.
Both the SNPA Foundation and the Inland Press Foundation remain separate from the new association. Each foundation has its own set of independently-elected trustees, who will continue to oversee their respective endowment funds, investments and spending policies.
Both foundations have pledged to support the educational work of the new association for five years with grants that total approximately 4 percent of their respective endowment balances. Together, these two foundations will provide almost $550,000 of funding for the new association in its first year.
We invite you to call of contact members of the staff at any time.
Tom Slaughter at (847) 795-0380 or
Edward VanHorn at (404) 256-0444