Active (or Regular) Membership

The VPA bylaws define an Active member as the following:

The active members shall consist of bonafide newspapers circulated substantially within the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

  1. A bonafide newspaper that i. meets the definition in the Code of Virginia of a newspaper that may be used for legal notices; and ii. is a paid newspaper of general circulation, publishes news of a general character, has a periodicals class U.S. Postal Service mailing permit, and has been published and in circulation for at least one year. 
  2. Active members shall pay annual dues and shall be entitled to hold office. 
  3. Each active member newspaper shall have one vote in the affairs of the association and shall designate the person empowered to cast that vote. There shall be no voting by proxy. 
  4. Active member newspapers may be referred to as daily or non-daily. A daily newspaper is published at least five days a week. A non-daily is published at least once a week but less than five days a week. 
  5. Active member newspapers may include those immediately outside Virginia which (1) actively seek and service subscribers in Virginia, (2) provide regular staff coverage of Virginia affairs, (3) include Virginia as a portion of their market.
  6. Free circulation newspapers that apply for membership in the Virginia Press Association must apply for active membership if: 
    1. The newspaper has been certified by a Circuit Court in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a newspaper that may be used for legal notices; and 
    2. The newspaper has been continually published and in circulation for at least one year, employs a full-time news staff, reports local current events and governmental meetings, has an editorial page, accepts letters to the editor and is - in general - a news forum for the community in which it is circulated; and
    3. The newspaper has a general circulation within the community to which the publication is directed and maintains permanent records of the fact and substance of publication; and iv. Has an audit of circulation certified by an independent auditing firm or a business recognized in the newspaper industry as a circulation auditor.

Other Membership Applications

Individual Membership

Apply for Membership: Sustaining members shall consist of those formerly affiliated with an active member newspaper, or with an associate member publication, or with an affiliate member who desire to contribute to the welfare of the association and to attend its meetings. A sustaining member shall pay dues and shall be entitled to all the privileges of the association except those of voting or holding office.

Educational Institution Membership

Apply for Membership: Educational Institution Memberships are open to all Virginia college, university, and public or private secondary school mass communications departments and/or media relations offices interested in fostering their relationships with the press. Educational members' dues are $200. Fifteen percent of annual membership dues go toward one-year subscriptions to the quarterly VPA trade newspaper, Virginia's Press.

Online Membership

Apply for Membership: Online Membership is open to online publications that have been published for at least 12 months before application, using recognized standards of professional journalism, and are principally devoted to the dissemination of local or general news with at least 50 percent of all editorial (non-ad) content reported and original. Annual dues for Online Publications/Newspapers are $425. Fifteen percent of annual membership dues go toward one-year subscriptions to the quarterly VPA trade newspaper, Virginia’s Press.

Affiliate Membership

Apply for membership: Affiliate Memberships are open to businesses or associations that sell newspaper supplies, equipment or services. Affiliate members' dues are an amount equal to the number of full-time Virginia employees, with a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $500. Fifteen percent of annual membership dues go toward one-year subscriptions to the quarterly VPA trade newspaper, Virginia's Press.

Associate Membership

Apply for membership: Associate Membership in the VPA is open to free distribution newspapers and college/university newspapers. Associate members can participate in VPA contests and enjoy all member services. Associate dues are 30 percent of the open full-page retail rate, with a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $650, plus three mailed subscriptions to major publications for free distribution newspapers or other periodicals; or one mailed subscription for non-newspaper or magazine associate members. Free distribution newspapers who have chosen to qualify as papers of record for purposes of carrying legal notice advertising must apply for active membership. Fifteen percent of annual membership dues go toward one-year subscriptions to the quarterly VPA trade newspaper, Virginia's Press.