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The Wisconsin Newspaper Association offers several membership opportunities to both newspapers and related industry businesses. By becoming a member, you and your business will have access to several resources in the Wisconsin newspaper industry such as specialty publications, events, legislative action and more.

WNA membership requirements, benefits and dues are determined by the WNA Board of Directors.

For more information on any of the membership levels, contact the WNA at (800) 261-4242 or email us.

Business Member

Eligibility:
Any individual, partnership, corporation, or other form of enterprise engaged in newspaper publishing in Wisconsin may become a Business Member.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

To establish first-year dues:

Base Fees: Weeklies: $100
Dailies: $300 (under 10,000 circulation); $500 (circulation over 10,000)
Per copy charge: No charge for papers under 1,000
$.08 per copy for papers over 1,000

Changes to subsequent annual dues are determined by the WNA Board of Directors.

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Limited Business Member

Eligibility:
Any individual, partnership, corporation or other form of enterprise engaged in newspaper publishing in Wisconsin may become a Limited Business Member, provided they are not eligible for a regular Business Membership because their publication does not qualify due to the length of publication. (Limited Business Membership shall be based on all qualifications stated in the Full Business Membership qualifications with the one aforementioned exception.) Publication must be regularly issued for at least one year prior to application for membership. A Limited Business Member must apply for full membership after completing two continuous years of publication.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

Dues:

Base Fees: Weeklies: $100
Dailies: $300 (under 10,000 circulation); $500 (circulation over 10,000)
Per copy charge: No charge for papers under 1,000
$.08 per copy for papers over 1,000

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Associate Business Member

Eligibility:
Any individual, partnership corporation or other form of enterprise engaged in publishing a newspaper including trade or free newspaper or an online-only news Web site is eligible to become an Associate Business Member.

Qualification Standards:

Approval of WNA Board

Print publications must contain 25% news at least 50% of the time and be published at least once a month.

Online-only news Web sites must contain 25% news at least 50% of the time and be published at least once a week. These sites must also publish regularly and consecutively for one year prior to applying for Affiliate Membership and spend one year in good standing as an Affiliate Member prior to applying for Associate Business Membership.

Any Associate Member producing a print newspaper in addition to an online news Web site shall pay dues set for print newspapers.

Benefits of Membership:

To establish first-year dues:

Base Fees: Weeklies: $200
Dailies: $400 (under 10,000 circulation); $800 (circulation over 10,000)

Changes to subsequent annual dues are determined by the WNA Board of Directors.

Online-only news Web site: $400.

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Campus Newspaper

Eligibility:
Papers shall be at UW System, private college and Technical College campuses; Papers shall be regularly published and officially linked to relevant academic programs and/or be registered student organizations.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

Dues:
No dues required

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Group Sustaining Member

Eligibility:
Group Sustaining Membership may be granted to authorized representatives of trade journals or of other enterprises allied to or connected with the newspaper publishing industry. This membership is open to out-of-state publishers, other individuals with an interest in newspaper publishing, and online-only news Web sites, containing 25% news at least 50% of the time and published at least once a week. These sites must publish regularly and consecutively for one year prior to applying for Group Sustaining Membership.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

Dues:
$300 per year

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Individual Sustaining Member

Eligibility:
Any person not actively engaged in the publishing industry but who has formerly been so engaged or who is interested in the welfare of the publishing industry in the state of Wisconsin may become an Individual Sustaining Member upon written application and membership dues.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

Dues:
$100 per year

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Emeritus Member

Eligibility:
Emeritus Membership shall be awarded to any publisher or executive employee who has been the representative of a Business Member newspaper in WNA for at least five years, and who has retired from active full-time employment in the newspaper industry.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

Dues:
No dues required

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Honorary Member

Eligibility:
Honorary Membership may be awarded to newspaper men and women and other people who have performed distinguished service for the press or for the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Qualification Standards:

Benefits of Membership:

Dues:
No dues required

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