NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as non-dailies, other print publications and online products.
Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today's newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium's broad portfolio of products and digital platforms.
NAA serves the newspaper industry by:
- Advocating and communicating industry views to Congress, governmental agencies, and third-party standards and measurement bodies
- Serving as a catalyst for industry growth by identifying and disseminating examples of industry innovation, providing tools and forums for the exchange of information and ideas, and connecting members with thought leaders inside and outside the industry
- Communicating the vitality of newspaper media to external constituencies, including the advertising community, news media and Wall Street.
NAA maintains close, cooperative relationships with other newspaper and journalism organizations, and is a member of the World Association of Newspapers, the World Press Freedom Committee, and the International Press Telecommunications Council.
Leading NAA and the newspaper industry is 2013-2014 Chairman Robert M. Nutting, president and CEO of The Ogden Newspapers.
NAA was formed on June 1, 1992, by the merger of seven associations serving the newspaper industry. The associations included the American Newspaper Publishers Association (founded in 1887), the Newspaper Advertising Bureau, the Association of Newspaper Classified Advertising Managers, the International Circulation Managers Association, the International Newspapers Advertising and Marketing Executives, the Newspaper Advertising Co-op Network, and the Newspaper Research Council.