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What is the National Newspaper Association?

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the owners, publishers and editors of America's community newspapers. NNA's mission is to protect, promote and enhance America's community newspapers. Today, NNA's 2,000 members make it the largest national newspaper association.

NNA works closely with policy officials to create a legal and regulatory environment conducive to the growth of community newspapers. NNA also provides business and educational programs and services to improve the quality, reach, and relevance of community newspapers throughout the country.

Who can join NNA?

Newspapers (non-daily and daily), college newspapers, and online newspapers with 25 percent local news content are eligible for NNA membership. Both free and paid circulation publications are eligible for NNA membership, and dues are calculated upon a combination of free and paid circulation.

Suppliers to the newspaper industry, students, journalism professors, and retired publishers/owners are also eligible for membership. For further information on these membership opportunities, check the membership section of this website, call the NNA member line (800) 829-4NNA (4662), option 2, or e-mail membership@nna.org.

A member-eligible newspaper is defined as: 

  • Published and distributed to the general public at least monthly
  • Both free and paid circulation newspapers may be eligible for membership.
  • Must contain a minimum of 25 percent local news content as averaged on an annual basis, and include staff produced local news content
  • Must not serve primarily as a platform to promote the interest and/or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause

A member-eligible Online News Publication is:

  • Available to the general public via the World Wide Web and-or email, updated regularly and consistently not less than weekly
  • Both free and paid news websites or electronic news publications may be eligible for membership
  • Must contain a minimum of 25 percent local news content, and include staff produced local news content
  • Must not serve primarily as a platform to promote the interest and/or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause.

Any questions arising from a challenge to membership eligibility shall be referred to the Membership Committee for resolution.

Non-voting members shall be individual members, student members, international members and allied members.

Individual members include retired newspaper owners, publishers, or editors; and journalism professors who are not active advisors of a college newspaper. Other individuals interested in the newspaper profession may join as individual members provided they are not a full-time employee of a newspaper or the representative of an allied business eligible for membership in the Association. Any individual enrolled as a full-time student may join as a student member. Any newspaper or periodical that does not have production operations in the United States may join as an international member. Any company, organization or association that provides products or services to community newspapers or which supports community newspapers may join as an allied partner or member.

Join today!

If you represent a newspaper, see the Newspaper Membership application. If you represent a college newspaper, see the College Membership application. If you are a retired owner, publisher, or journalism professional otherwise unaffiliated with the National Newspaper Association, you may join with our Individual Membership application.

If you represent a company that provides products or services to the newspaper industry, you may join as an Allied Partner or Allied Member with the Allied Membership application.

If you represent a member-eligible online news publication, see the Online News Publication application.