How to Join the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association

Eligibility for Membership

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association includes both voting and non-voting members. Voting members include newspapers and online publications that fulfill specific qualifications. Non-voting members include associate, affiliate, college newspapers, and college journalism departments that achieve particular requirements.

Minimum requirements for all membership stipulate that a publication must:

  • Have been published continuously for six months (or is a successor of such a publication)
  • Annually publish, verify and submit circulation figures
  • Supply a digital copy of their printed edition to PNA

Not sure if you’re eligible to become a member of PNA?

Learn more about the qualifications for membership as outlined in our by-laws.


Benefits of joining PNA

Becoming a member of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) will benefit your organization in a multitude of ways. Our mission is to advance the business interests of Pennsylvania news media organizations and to promote a free and independent press. Whether you work in management, editorial, advertising, production or circulation, the PNA is here to help.

PNA Services

  • Legal Hotline
  • Industry Recognition Contests
  • Lobbying
  • Media Placement
  • Networking and Training Events
  • Industry Publications
  • Press Passes

Learn more about our member benefits:


To learn more about joining PNA, please contact Jane Hungarter, director of marketing & membership, at 717-703-3041.


Membership Applications:

Voting Members are devoted to the dissemination of local or general news and other editorial content and do not
primarily serve as a platform for  promoting the interests and/or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause.

a. Printed publication;
b. Four or more pages in length;
c. Issued at least every other month;

Online Publications:
a. Available to the general public online or digitally;
b. Content must be updated on a regular basis, not less than twice per week;
c. Must follow the ethics and standards of print journalism;

Alternative Publications:
a. Printed publication;
b. Four or more pages in length;
c. Issued at least every other month;
d. Has been published for more than six months;


Nonvoting Members: 

Any individual, company or organization that furnishes machinery, equipment, supplies or services to the newspaper industry.

College Newspapers
a. Are printed in an accepted newspaper format (standard or tabloid size) or are published online;
b. Are published on an announced, regular schedule or regularly update their content on their website no less than twice per month;
c. Have an office in Pennsylvania;
d. Must follow the ethics and standards generally of professional print journalism
e. Publish, verify and submit accurate circulation figures to the Association;
f. Are prepared entirely by students, except for mechanical assistance, or assistance by faculty advisors.

University/College Journalism Schools
Colleges with degree programs in journalism or communications.


View all membership requirements in Article IV of the PNA Bylaws.