The colorado Press Association's

Media memberships

Media Membership type

Free Distribution & Paid, Non-legal Designated Newspaper

Media Membership type

Legal-Designated Newspaper

Media Membership type

Monthly and Alternative Publication

Media Membership type

Non-Profit Publication or News Site

Media Membership type

Online News Only

Media Membership type

College

Media Membership type

Free Distribution & Paid, Non-legal Designated Newspaper

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. The publication must be published and printed in an accepted newspaper format, standard or tabloid, and meet the ethical, news and typographical standards generally recognized by the newspaper profession.
  2. The publication must have a known Colorado-based office of publication, open to the public, where the business of the publication is transacted during usual business hours, with a local telephone listing.
  3. The publication shall be published consecutively for at least one year prior to application for membership. It shall be published at least weekly and shall also bear a fixed title or name, datelines and numbered volume sequence.
  4. The publication must annually publish, verify and submit to the Association accurate circulation figures, based on a recognized auditing agency, a sworn post office statement, or a duly notarized statement.
  5. The yearly average of news-editorial content shall not be less than 25% of the newspaper. Of news-editorial content, at least 75% shall be produced by the local staff of the newspaper or be purchased from recognized news sources such as Associated Press, Scripps Howard or similar news services.

As a member of CPA you: 

  • Are a voting member
  • Have access to full member benefits

Benefits include:

  • Access to press credentials
  • Participation in the annual contest
  • Discounted rates to attend the annual Colorado Press Association convention
  • Discounted rates to attend regional trainings
  • Access to best practice documents
  • Access to training videos/webinars
  • Subscription to CPA e-Editor, keeping you up to date on industry trends and information
  • Advocacy support in a variety of forms
  • CPA staff as a resource and power of CPA’s name

Cost of Media Membership: Membership dues are based on circulation and frequency of publication. CPA also offers a multi-flag group rate.

Media Membership type

Legal-Designated Newspaper

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. Recognized as a legal newspaper under the publication laws of Colorado.
  2. Publish annually, verify and submit to the Association accurate circulation figures based on a recognized auditing agency, a sworn post office statement or a duly notarized statement.

As a member of CPA you:

  • Are a voting member
  • Have access to full member benefits 

Benefits include:

  • Access to press credentials
  • Participation in the annual contest
  • Discounted rates to attend the annual Colorado Press Association convention
  • Discounted rates to attend regional trainings
  • Access to best practice documents
  • Access to training videos/webinars
  • Subscription to CPA e-Editor, keeping you up to date on industry trends and information
  • Advocacy support in a variety of forms
  • CPA staff as a resource and power of CPA’s name

Cost of Legal-Designated Newspaper Membership: Membership dues are based on circulation and frequency of publication. The CPA also offers a multi-flag group rate.

Media Membership type

Monthly and Alternative Publication

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. The publication must be published and printed in an accepted newspaper or magazine format, standard or tabloid, and meet the ethical, news and typographical standards generally recognized by the newspaper and magazine profession.
  2. The publication must have a known Colorado-based office of publication, open to the public, where the business of the publication is transacted during usual business hours, with a local telephone listing.
  3. The publication shall be published consecutively for at least one year prior to application for membership. It shall be published at least monthly and shall also bear a fixed title or name, datelines and numbered volume sequence.
  4. The publication must annually publish, verify and submit to the Association accurate circulation figures, based on a recognized auditing agency, a sworn post office statement, or a duly notarized statement.
  5. The yearly average of news-editorial content shall not be less than 25% of the publication. Of news-editorial content, at least 75% shall be produced by the local staff of the newspaper or purchased from recognized news sources such as Associated Press, Scripps Howard or similar news services.

As a member of CPA you:

  • Are a voting member
  • Have access to full member benefits 

Benefits include:

  • Access to press credentials
  • Participation in the annual contest
  • Discounted rates to attend the annual Colorado Press Association convention
  • Discounted rates to attend regional trainings
  • Access to best practice documents
  • Access to training videos/webinars
  • Subscription to CPA e-Editor, keeping you up to date on industry trends and information
  • Advocacy support in a variety of forms
  • CPA staff as a resource and power of CPA’s name

Cost of Monthly and Alternative Publication Membership: $850 annually 

Media Membership type

Non-Profit Publication or News Site

A non-profit publication or news site shall be eligible to be a Free-Distribution Newspaper Member by meeting the following requirements:

  1. The non-profit publication or news site is a 501 (c)3 whose primary function is news dissemination that meets the ethical, news and typographical standards generally recognized by the newspaper profession. Its content must be revised on a regular basis not less than once per week.
  2. The non-profit publication or news site must have a known Colorado-based office of publication, open to the public, where the business of the publication is transacted during usual business hours, with a local telephone listing.
  3. The non-profit publication or news site shall be published consecutively for at least one year prior to application for membership. Print non-profits shall be published at least weekly and shall also bear a fixed title or name, date lines and numbered volume sequence.
  4. A non-profit print publication must annually publish, verify and submit to the Association accurate circulation figures, based on a recognized auditing agency, a sworn post office statement, or a duly notarized statement.
  5. The yearly average of news-editorial content shall not be less than 25% of a non-profit publication or news site. Of news-editorial content, at least 75% shall be produced by the local staff of the newspaper or purchased from recognized news sources such as Associated Press, Scripps Howard or similar news service, or agreements with other journalism-based organizations.
  6. All other definitions of a “newspaper”, as determined by the CPA Bylaws and the Board of Directors of the Association, shall apply to nonprofit membership.

As a member of CPA you:

  • Are a voting member
  • Have access to full member benefits

Benefits include:

  • Access to press credentials
  • Participation in the annual contest
  • Discounted rates to attend the annual Colorado Press Association convention
  • Discounted rates to attend regional trainings
  • Access to best practice documents
  • Access to training videos/webinars
  • Subscription to CPA e-Editor, keeping you up to date on industry trends and information
  • Advocacy support in a variety of forms
  • CPA staff as a resource and power of CPA’s name

Cost of Non-profit Membership: $500

Media Membership type

Online News Only

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. An online news site must publish for one year regularly and consecutively, prior to application for CPA Online Membership.
  2. The online news website must be published using recognized standards of professional journalism. Its content must be revised on a regular basis not less than once per week.
  3. The online news website must be principally devoted to the dissemination of original local or general news and other editorial content (not less than 50 percent of overall content). A substantial portion must be staff produced or locally written and must be available to the general public via the World Wide Web.
  4. The online news website must not serve primarily as a platform to promote the interests or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause.
  5. The online news website must have a local telephone listing and a known Colorado-based office of publication, open to the public, where the business or publication is transacted during usual business hours.
  6. All other definitions of a “newspaper,” as determined by the CPA Bylaws and the Board of Directors of the Association, shall apply to Online News Websites membership.

As a member of CPA you:

  • Are a voting member
  • Have access to full member benefits 

Benefits include:

  • Access to press credentials
  • Participation in the annual contest
  • Discounted rates to attend the annual Colorado Press Association convention
  • Discounted rates to attend regional trainings
  • Access to best practice documents
  • Access to training videos/webinars
  • Subscription to CPA e-Editor, keeping you up to date on industry trends and information
  • Advocacy support in a variety of forms
  • CPA staff as a resource and power of CPA’s name

Cost of Online Only Membership: $1,000 annually 

Media Membership type

College

Who you are:

A junior college, community college, college or university newspaper that meet the ethical, news and typographical standards generally recognized by the Newspaper Members of this Association.

As a member of CPA you:

  • Are a non-voting member
  • Are entitled to all social privileges of CPA
  • Cannot take part in the annual contest

Benefits include:

  • Access to press credentials
  • Discounted rates to attend the annual Colorado Press Association convention
  • Discounted rates to attend regional trainings
  • Access to best practice documents
  • Access to training videos/webinars
  • Subscription to CPA e-Editor, keeping you up to date on industry trends and information
  • Advocacy support in a variety of forms
  • CPA staff as a resource and power of CPA’s name

Cost of College Membership: $200 annually