In Shaky Newspaper Industry, Inland Press Association Grows Stronger

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By: Mark Fitzgerald

In the past 20 years — a period when some famous newspapers went out of business and circulation slipped in nearly all big-city dailies — the Inland Press Association has doubled its membership, Operations Director Catherine Scott told publishers gathered Monday in Chicago for Inland’s 121st annual meeting.

Scott delivered Inland’s first-ever state-of-the-association message, noting the growth of an organization that not so long ago was regarded as reserved for smaller papers in the Midwest.

Now, its 1,181 newspaper members are drawn from all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and Bermuda.

“We’ve become the principal gathering-place for independent and family-owned papers … and (known) for our industry-standard business research,” Scott said. The references were to Inland’s series of meetings on such issues as family ownership and succession issues.

Inland each year sponsors more than 30 training and idea-sharing sessions, all with the idea of providing actionable advice that can be implemented in the short-term, Scott said.

Inland is also the organizing association for such popular industry research as the National Cost and Revenue Study, the Monthly Margins Report, and the Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey, which it conducts in partnership with the Newspaper Association of America, the International Newspaper Financial Executives, and two regional newspaper associations.

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