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Provocative thinking. Should you transition your community newspaper to a nonprofit model?


May 26, 2021




Teresa Shaak



As community newspaper leaders explore various options to continue to serve their communities information needs without the added pressure of producing sizable profits, many are finding success by shifting from a traditional for-profit model to a nonprofit organization. 

Join Sue Cross from the Institute for Nonprofit News and Don Kramer from Montgomery McCracken Attorneys at Law as they provide insight into the issue. These industry leaders will explain the reasons why becoming a nonprofit can benefit your community newspaper, along with other important considerations and details that may impact your decision. 

What is the PNA Community Newspaper Forum?

Community newspapers in Pennsylvania are vital. Readers learn about what is happening in their local area at a grassroots level and are informed, educated and entertained by these publications. There are unique opportunities and challenges involved in running a community newspaper. During this inaugural event, industry experts and Forum participants will share thoughts and ideas, exchange best practice tips to maintain and grow business and set a course of action to ensure continued success.


The PNA Community Newspaper Forum is free of charge to PNA members.

To register, complete the form below.  A confirmation with log in instructions will be sent to each registrant one or two days prior to the session.

Sue Cross

Sue Cross is executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of more than 300 independent, nonprofit news media organizations. Together, INN members field a North American reporting force of more than 2,500 journalists and strengthen the sources of news for thousands of diverse communities. Cross joined INN in 2015 to build this emerging media network and advance social enterprise models for investigative and other public service journalism. Cross is a former senior vice president for the global news agency, The Associated Press, where she created digital news services, expanded Spanish language and Latin American operation and introduced video to more than a thousand newpaper sites. She has been a reporter, editor, digital product developer and business development executive. Cross grew up in local news, working after school to typeset and paste up the local weekly Royalton Recorder in North Royalton, Ohio, in her family’s graphics and printing business. She serves on the board of visitors for Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, the board of EdSource, a California education media and research nonprofit; and on the National Advisory Council for the Emma Bowen Foundation. She is based in Los Angeles.


Don Kramer
Donald W. Kramer is chair of the Nonprofit Law Group at the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP.  Mr. Kramer has more than 40 years of experience dealing with the concerns of nonprofit organizations, not only as a lawyer, but also as a teacher, writer, publisher, and board member. Mr. Kramer is editor and publisher of Don Kramer’s Nonprofit Issues®, a national electronic newsletter and website of “Nonprofit Law You Need to Know” (www.nonprofitissues.com.), which he started at Montgomery, McCracken in 1989.

He writes and lectures frequently on nonprofit legal issues, and has taught courses on nonprofit organization law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and Eastern University.  He has worked with nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, helping structure start-up situations and restructure multi-organizational social service, health and educational systems.  He counsels on a wide range of corporate, governance, tax, real estate, charitable giving and other nonprofit issues.  Mr. Kramer serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Fire Department Historical Corporation and served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations for more than 30 years.  A graduate of Princeton University, he earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Dan Haley, co-founder
Growing Community Media

Dan was one of the three founders of Wednesday Journal in 1980. He’s still here as its four flags – Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark – make the switch to the nonprofit model of Growing Community Media. He sees independent community journalism as the glue that makes a neighborhood vital.


May 26, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation
Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association