Canadian Newspaper Association
The Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) is the national organization of daily newspapers in Canada, founded in 1996. It is a non-profit trade association and lobby organization, which represents more than 100 Canadian English and French newspapers. The CNA is associated with the annual National Newspaper Awards for newspaper writing and administers the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists, first established in 1991.
Mission Statement (last reviewed in 2005)
The Canadian Newspaper Association is the voice of the Canada’s daily newspaper industry. We promote the positive reputation of newspapers as an essential medium that benefits all Canadians, and as an effective vehicle for advertisers. The CNA is a vigorous champion of journalistic freedom and democratic reform and is a valued source of industry information, trends and best practices. The Canadian Newspaper Association is a non-profit organization, representing Canadian daily newspapers (English and French) with circulations ranging from 3,500 to nearly 500,000 per day. The Canadian Newspaper Association was founded on July 9, 1996, following a decision to wind down operations of the Canadian Daily Newspaper Association (CDNA) and the Newspaper Marketing Bureau (NMB) and create a new and revitalized association. On that date, a Board of Governors met for the first time to approve bylaws and a budget as worked out by a Board of Directors on June 26, 1996. The CNA was born out of an industry-wide examination of the roles of both the CDNA and the NMB and the expectations of Canada's newspaper groups and their newspapers. The objective of the association is to combine the experience, expertise and dedication of its members to ensure the continuance of a free press able to serve its readers effectively. To carry out its mission, the Canadian Newspaper Association's primary role is to represent the needs of its members and the public in the areas of public policy, marketing and member services.
On January 5, 2011, the CNA partnered with the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) to create one strong industry voice for newspapers in Canada. The two organizations are now co-managed by one CEO under the name Newspapers Canada (Journaux Canadiens in French) but remain governed by two separate boards of directors in order to preserve the uniqueness of the programs and services offered to daily and community members. Each association offers different membership options for newspapers, organizations and individuals affiliated with the industry. Combined, the CNA and CCNA represent over 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers in every province and territory in Canada.
The two associations co-host an industry conference entitled INK+BEYOND in a different Canadian city each year. The conference program includes a line-up of speakers, training sessions, social events, exhibitors, awards galas and an exhibitor trade show.
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