Yes, there’s a new trade association for national, regional and local news media organisations in the UK – The News Media Association.
Actually, there is one less trade association to worry about as the News Media Association is born out of the merger of the Newspaper Society – which represented regional press – and the Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade body for national news publishers.
The News Media Association describes itself as ‘the voice of national, regional and local news media organisations in the UK’, and will be chaired by former Newspaper Society president Adrian Jeakins.
Leaving aside the question of whether news media organisations – given their business – actually need another ‘voice’, reporting of the birth of the NMA has largely lamented the loss of the word ‘newspaper’ which had graced the titles of the two venerable trade bodies it replaces.
In these days of multi-media publication and every newspaper printer rushing to become a ‘content provider’, at least we should be grateful that ‘content’ and ‘digital’ aren’t included in the new moniker.
To demonstrate its new credentials, the NMA has a trendy logo and shiny new web site. If not wholly embracing the world of social media, it has at least set up a presence on Twitter (say hello @newsmediaorg).
A new 13-strong board includes representatives from national publishers News UK, the Telegraph Media Group, Guardian Media Group, DMG Media (Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro), ESI (Independent & Evening Standard) and Trinity Mirror. A number of regional groups are also represented.
The NMA sets out to ‘serve the shared interests of news media publishers in the UK and protect the general interests of its members in all political, legal and regulatory matters’.
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