Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Christopher H. Sterling
Publishers (and owners) of newspapers, magazines, and (increasingly) online services have a variety of associations to serve their needs. As with so many journalism organizations, these groups are heavily alike in their overall makeup and function. They usually focus on one specific type of published material (newspaper, magazine, newsletter), hold annual conventions, give awards for high-quality accomplishment, and support various educational endeavors. Operated as nonprofit entities (though some of their senior people may be paid very well), their prime purpose is to provide a means for mutually useful idea exchanges among publishers. Less often, they may become involved in lobbying efforts for matters of concern. Some have developed codes of ethics. Several of the groups have local chapters. At least two are co-located with academic journalism programs. Most states, if not all, have publisher associations as well, and there are a few regional groups, too. Only national associations (though many ...