Become a MPA Member

To apply for membership, please print out the appropriate application, along with three copies of your newspaper, if applicable. Also, a letter from a sponsoring MPA publisher is required if your newspaper is applying for Active, Active Online or Friend of Missouri Press Membership. A check for dues is also required.  The MPA Board of Directors will act on applications at its earliest opportunity.  Active Membership dues are based on the formula listed below. Friend of Missouri Press Membership dues are $ 195 yearly and includes 2 members. Associate Membership dues are $35 per person. Bi-weekly/Monthly/Quarterly/Magazine are $250 yearly.

Dues are collected for the calendar year.  Download a copy of our member services guide!

MPA has FIVE classes of membership

(1) Active Membership – This is open to any weekly or daily newspaper that has been in business for three years and devotes at least 25% of its space to news content and fulfills the requirements set forth in the MPA Bylaws. Active Membership Application

(2) Associate Membership – This is open to any publisher who has retired or to any person in government, education or an association who serves in an information capacity or to any teacher or student of journalism. Download Application

(3) Friend of Missouri Press Membership – This is open to anyone in public relations or in a field allied to the newspaper industry or serving it, or to newspapers that have not been in business for three years or publish less frequently than weekly and thus may not qualify for active membership. Download Application

(4) Active Online Membership – This is open to any online newspaper that has been in business for three years (MPA member newspapers online prior to Sept. 7, 2007, are grandfathered in) and fulfills the requirements set forth in the MPA Bylaws. Download Application

(5) BI-WEEKLY / MONTHY / QUARTERLY PUBLICATION / MAGAZINE MEMBERSHIP – These Missouri Press members receive the monthly Missouri Press News magazine, monthly Bulletin and the biweekly eBulletin with their membership. They are encouraged to attend meetings and seminars of the Association. Publications with this membership status are eligible to enter MPA contests. Your membership also includes access to our Legal Hotline and legal advice from attorney Jean Maneke. Download Application. 

 

Benefits, Requirements and Cost by Membership Type

ACTIVE AND ACTIVE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP

Active and Active Online Dues structure:
2% of advertising revenue placed by Missouri Press Service in your newspaper from November to October the year prior.
(calculated at zero for new members) PLUS the net to paper cost of a full-page ad in your newspaper. A cap of $1,500 for non-weeklies (newspapers publishing 3 or more times a week) and a cap of $750 for weeklies.
Active Online membership dues: $195 annually.

Benefits of Active or Active Online membership:
• Legal advice from hotline attorney Jean Maneke
• Advertising and optional participation in MPA statewide ad programs, which helps offset dues
• Listing in the MPA Newspaper Directory in print and online at Mopress.com
• Free Copy of the MPA Newspaper Directory
• Press credentials for your staff to cover local, state and national events
• Lobbying for Missouri newspaper issues
• Discounts to attend the MPA annual convention and MPF regional training events
• Newspaper in Education story discounts
• Ability to serve on the MPA and other boards
• Ability to vote in affairs of Association
• Ability to compete in MPA News and Advertising Contests

Requirements of Active or Active Online Membership:
• Can’t contain more than 75% advertising in more than 50% of its issues during a 12-month period.
• Published at least weekly (online or in print) consistently for a minimum of 3 years
• Notice of application published 3 times in the MPA Magazine and/or Bulletin
• Approval by MPA Board of Directors during an MPA board meeting, must include 3 different copies of publication

ASSOCIATE MPA MEMBER: $35 annually

Benefits of Associate Membership:
• Free copy of the Missouri Newspaper Directory, upon request
• Listed in the Newspaper Directory (online and in print) as a Associate Member
• Discount to attend annual convention
Requirements for Associate Membership:
• Former Publisher of MPA Active Member or
• Employee or Freelancer of an MPA Active Member Newspaper or
• Employee for a Government, Non-Profit, Highschool, College or University entity serving in a Educational or Communication Role

MPA FRIEND OF MEMBERSHIP: $195 annually

Benefits of Friend of Membership:
• Free copy of the Missouri Newspaper Directory, Upon Request
• Listed in the Newspaper Directory (online and in print) as a Friend of Member
• Ability to compete in the MPA News and Advertising Contests
• Discount to attend annual convention
Requirements for Friend of Membership:
• Published online or in print
• Notice of application published 3 times in the MPA Magazine and/or Bulletin

BI-WEEKLY / MONTHLY / QUARTERLY PUBLICATION / MAGAZINE MEMBERSHIP: $250 Annually

Benefits of Membership:
• Legal advice from hotline attorney Jean Maneke
• Free copy of the Missouri Newspaper Directory
• Listed in the Newspaper Directory (Online and in print)
• Discount to attend annual convention
• Ability to compete in MPA News and Advertising Contests

Requirements:
• Must contain an average of at least 25% news content in its issues during any 12-month period.
• Published and printed in an acceptable format and distributed in Missouri
• Published for at least three years, regularly and consecutively with a minimum of publishing 4 times annually
• Approval by MPA Board of Directors during an MPA board meeting, must include 3 different copies of publication

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