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. 

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