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Professional Membership

 

89 Montana Newspapers currently share Professional Membership status with the Montana Newspaper Association.

 

The Montana Newspaper Association By-Laws offer a description of the criteria for membership:

 

Article II

Membership

 

Section 1. The membership of the Association shall consist of three classes: Professional, Associate, and Honorary.

A. Professional membership:

1) Open to a newspaper with paid circulation regularly published within the State of Montana, holding second-class mailing privileges and eligible to bid on county printing, and having been in continuous operation with the foregoing requisites for the period of one year. Each member publication shall be entitled to one vote in the proceedings of the Association. This vote shall be cast by the person designated  by such publication to represent it in Association affairs.

2) Open to newspapers not meeting the eligibility requirements of Section 1(A)(1). Such newspapers must have a local office, be published regularly in accepted newspaper format and issued at weekly intervals at least fifty (50) times per year, and have an annual news content of at least twenty-five (25) percent of the total column space, at least 75 percent of which must be prepared by the local staff or purchased from recognized news sources and involves news of  general and local interest. In order to qualify for membership under this subsection, the applicant shall  have published as described above continuously for a one-year period prior to membership application and publish an annual statement of ownership and proof of circulation based on a Post Office statement, recognized audit agency, or notarized statement.

3) Open to student-operated publications at recognized colleges and universities in the State of Montana, including state, private and tribal institutions.  Such publications must be printed at least weekly during the school year and be recognized by the institution as the official student publication.  Such newspapers must meet the eligibility requirements of Art. II, Section 1(A)(1) or Art. II, Section 1(A)(2), with the exception of the requirement of printing at least 50 times per year.  Membership dues shall be set by the Board of Directors under the requirements of Art. II, Section 3, with the requirement that said dues shall be pro-rated to reflect the actual issues published.

4) Open to newspapers otherwise meeting the eligibility requirements of Section 1(A)1 or 1(A)2 but published less than weekly.  Such newspapers must have a local office, be published regularly in accepted newspaper format and issued at regular intervals at least monthly per year, and have an annual news content of at least twenty-five (25) percent of the total column space, at least 75 percent of which must be prepared by the local staff or purchased from recognized news sources and involve news of general and local interest.  In order to qualify for membership under this subsection, the applicant shall have published as described above continuously for a one-year period prior to membership application and publish an annual statement of ownership and proof of circulation based on a Post Office statement, recognized audit agency, or notarized statement.  Such newspapers may not qualify for particular Montana Newspaper Advertising Service programs that may be reserved to daily or weekly publications.