Donna Barrett

Member Testimonial:
SNPA is Critical to CNHI

"Newspapers everywhere are navigating changes of historic dimensions. We're rebuilding business models, coverage models and delivery models – often at the same time. Publishers and news executives who want to succeed need a blend of talent, determination, courage – and each other. That's why SNPA is so critical to CNHI newspapers.

"There are many things we do collectively through SNPA that none of us can accomplish as effectively on our own. We create forums to talk with one another about our successes, share ideas to grow audience and revenue, and speak candidly about our disappointments. We seek solutions and speak in one voice about important issues.

"Above all, SNPA delivers an important message to the public. It's a message about the vitality of newspapers and our local news products as unmatched sources of information and vehicles for advertising. Newspapers are good for our communities. They're good for democracy. Through SNPA, we ensure that advertisers, readers, public officials and communities hear their story."

— Donna Barrett —
President & CEO
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
Montgomery, Ala.

In general, SNPA members are companies, not individuals.  Employees of member companies enjoy the benefits of SNPA membership.

Membership is limited to: print and digital news publications, companies that provide goods and services to publications, plus journalism educators and retired newspaper executives.


"Our industry has faced tremendous change in the last few years and SNPA has been with us every step of the way.

"Our partnership with SNPA has helped us succeed in many different ways. It’s an investment that continues to pay dividends."

— Les Simpson —
Amarillo Globe-News
Amarillo, Texas

Print Publications

Dues for general interest daily and non-daily newspapers are based on circulation.

Corporate Memberships

Newspapers that publish five or more daily newspapers in the Southeastern United States are eligible for Corporate Memberships.  For more information and rates, please contact SNPA: (404) 256-0444.

Digital Publications

Digital-only publications are eligible for membership in SNPA if they conform to the following criteria and are approved by the Board of Directors:

  • Principally devoted to the dissemination of local or general news and other editorial content (not less than 25 percent of overall content). A substantial portion must be staff produced or locally written.
  • Available to the general public via the World Wide Web.
  • Content must be updated on a regular basis, not less than once a week.
  • Must follow the ethics and standards of print journalism.
  • Must not primarily serve as a platform promoting the interests and/or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause.
  • Can be either paid or unpaid.
  • Must have been continuously published for a minimum of one year.
  • Must abide by copyright laws.

Dues are $500 annually.


"As with many tools or memberships, one gets the most value when used regularly.

"That’s the way I view my SNPA membership.  Good things don’t just happen … however, if you attend the meetings, stay abreast of the goings on via the newsletter, interact with fellow partners and members and give where and what you can, you’ll certainly get more value than you ever expected.  

"That value will manifest itself in myriad ways, including financially!

"The cost of an SNPA membership is quickly returned many times over.”

— Sammy Papert —
Wormhole LLC

Research and Development Partners
Companies and individuals who supply goods and services to the newspaper industry

Annual dues range from $300 to $1,000, based on the number of employees.

Individual Members

Former or retired newspaper executives – as well as current and retired journalism educators who are not eligible for membership in other membership categories – may join as Individual Members.  Employees of newspapers may not apply as individual members.

For more information, contact:

Howard Hoffman, Member Services Director
Southern Newspaper Publishers Association
3680 North Peachtree Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA  30341
(404) 256-0444