Become a Member

The Minnesota Newspaper Association offers annual membership to applicants who meet eligibility requirements and qualification standards in the following classifications:

  • Newspapers published in Minnesota.
  • Out-of-State newspapers
  • Online-Only News Publications based in Minnesota.
  • College newspapers, journalism schools, and students.
  • Groups, companies, and organizations with an interest in newspapers.
  • Individuals in a related craft, trade or profession (including employees of newspapers)


ACTIVE NEWSPAPER MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility: Any general interest newspaper with individually paid circulation in Minnesota which meets MNA Active Member qualification standards, or a free publication that qualifies as a legal newspaper.

Qualification Standards:

  • Approval by the MNA Board
  • Total of 1,000 square inches of printed material per issue
  • Regular periods of publication / minimum of 25 issues per year
  • Maintain at least 25% non-advertising material, a substantial portion of which is locally written news
  • Have either a mailing permit or a circulation audit by a recognized circulation auditing agency
  • Be a Minnesota newspaper complying with M.S. 331A.02

Benefits of Membership:

  • Voting privileges
  • Full legislative representation
  • Access to the Legal Hotline
  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin”
  • Access to convention and meetings
  • Central Office consultation and services
  • Advertising representation
  • Participation in MCAN
  • Participation in MDAN
  • Participation in MINN

Dues: Please call for details

 

ASSOCIATE NEWSPAPER MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility:   Minnesota newspapers which do not qualify for MNA Active Membership.
Qualification Standards:   Approval by the MNA Board

Benefits of Membership:

  • Full legislative representation
  • Access to the Legal Hotline
  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin”
  • Access to convention and meetings
  • Central Office consultation and services
  • Advertising representation
  • Participation in MCAN
  • Participation in MDAN
  • Participation in MINN

Dues: Please call for details

 

OUT-OF-STATE NEWSPAPER MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility:  Non-Minnesota newspapers
Qualification Standards: Approval by the MNA Board

Benefits of Membership:

  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin”
  • Access to convention and meetings

Dues: $135 a year

 

ONLINE-ONLY NEWS PUBLICATION MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility:  Any general interest news publication based in Minnesota which meet MNA active online-only qualification standards.
Qualification Standards:

  • Approval by the MNA Board
  • News is published or posted regularly and updated a minimum of once every 14 days
  • Maintain at least 25% non-advertising material, a substantial portion of which is locally written news
  • All content must be produced following accepted standards of professional journalism
  • All content must abide by copyright law
  • Electronic media must publish an “About” section and/or mission statement along with contact information that includes a list of staff and a Minnesota phone number and address reachable during normal business hours by MNA staff and members, readers and advertisers

Benefits of Membership:

  • Full legislative representation
  • Access to the Legal Hotline
  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin”
  • Access to convention and meetings
  • Central Office consultation and services
  • Advertising representation
  • Participation in MINN

Dues: $900 a year

 

INDIVIDUAL SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility: Any individual in a related craft, trade or profession. Individual sustaining membership is open to individuals not employed by a member newspaper or by an organization which otherwise would qualify him/her for membership in another class.

Qualification Standards:   Approval by the MNA Board

Benefits of Membership:

  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin”
  • Access to convention and meetings

Dues: $50 a year

 

GROUP SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility: Any groups, companies or corporations in related crafts, trades or professions, including schools of journalism.
Qualification Standards:   Approval by MNA Board

Benefits of Membership:

  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin”
  • Access to convention and meetings

Dues: $300 a year

 

JOURNALISM SCHOOL SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility: Any journalism/mass communications department of a college or university in Minnesota or out of state.
Membership Qualification Standards:   Approval by MNA Board

Benefits of Membership:

  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin” through Journalism department
  • Access to convention and meetings

Dues: $75 a year

 

STUDENT SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP

Eligibility: Any journalism student in Minnesota on recommendation from instructor.
Qualification Standards:   Approval by MNA Board

Benefits of Membership:

  • Weekly “MNA Member Bulletin” through Journalism department
  • Access to convention and meetings

Dues: $25 a year