Daily Newspapers and Community Newspapers: General Membership
General membership is open to individuals or companies who own and publish daily and community newspapers in Canada. General members must meet the following criteria:
- Produce new, original news content of public interest to Canadians that is primarily focused on matters of general interest and reports of current events, including coverage of democratic institutions and processes.
- Follow the code of ethics of a recognized journalistic association or has its own code of ethics whose standards of professional conduct require adherence to the recognized processes and principles of the journalism profession, including fairness, independence and rigour in reporting news and handling sources.
- Abide by copyright laws.
- Conduct business in a professional manner.
- Have been in the business of news publishing for at least one year.
- Are registered or incorporated in Canada.
- Have a publicized means for the public to contact you.
- Do not act an aggregator of content or links created by other media outlets.
- Do not serve as a platform promoting the interests and/or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause.
- Are not the subject of sanctions under the United Nations Act, the Special Economic Measures Actor the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), or are owned or controlled by an individual or entity that is the subject of such sanctions.
Individuals and companies that own and publish daily newspapers may apply for General Membership directly to News Media Canada. Daily newspapers are classified as those that publish a minimum of five times each calendar week, except on statutory holidays.
Individuals and companies that own and publish community newspapers may apply for General Membership through a News Media Canada-affiliated regional association. Upon acceptance by an affiliated regional association, a newspaper automatically becomes a General Member of News Media Canada. For eligibility criteria, contact your nearest News Media Canada-affiliated regional association.
Newspapers located in a region not served by an affiliated regional association may apply directly to News Media Canada.
Benefits of General Membership:
- Access to programs and services offered by News Media Canada, including awards programs, business services, education and training, marketing materials, newsletters and industry reports.
- Right to vote at members’ meetings.
- Access to the Members’ Area of the News Media Canada website.
- Subscription to weekly e-newsletter News on News.
- Special member rates for News Media Canada events such as webinars and training workshops.