Members of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the Inland Press Association have approved a plan to consolidate the two associations, effective Oct. 1.
The balloting began on June 7 and ended June 28.
“The new association will provide a strong voice for newspapers, promote the indispensable value of newspaper journalism to local communities, and support newspapers as they adapt their business models to a quickly changing landscape,” said a statement from Edward VanHorn, executive director of the Atlanta-based Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.
The makeup of the new association’s board and officers will be evenly split between Inland and SNPA members, according to a news release from Des Plaines, Illinois-based Inland.
The new association will be incorporated in the District of Columbia.
The Inland and SNPA foundations will stay independent of the new association.
A search has begun for the chief executive of the association, the Inland release said.