About AWNA

Alberta’s community newspapers reflect the images, thoughts and everyday happenings of the communities they serve. While these communities may vary in size from tiny, isolated locations to bustling suburban centres, they share one important feature — a strong weekly newspaper.

Today there are 120+ member newspapers throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. They boast a combined verified circulation  860,000+. The smallest newspaper circulates 466 copies each week; the largest  27,540.
 
 
 Sales contact info
  • Sales Coordinator 780-434-8746 Ext. 235




Our mission is to
 
  • Encourage community newspaper excellence,
  • Promote a greater awareness of its industry and members,
  • Market and promote Alberta’s community newspaper medium,
  • Provide educational opportunities for members and staff,
  • Be a communication and service link between members and advertisers, agencies and government.
 
 
Why this matters
 
Simple and genuine relationships between people matter. They are the fabric of a sustainable community. Weekly newspapers play a pivotal role in delivering information to the families in communities that maintain and strengthen that fabric by keeping people up-to-date on activities and concerns in their area. 
 
 
The basics

    • There are 120+ member newspapers throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. They boast a combined verified circulation of 860,000+.
    • We are part of a Canada-wide network of Community Newspapers through the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA), together with six other provincial associations. Together we represent nearly 700 newspapers.


    What guides us

    •  AWNA’s purpose is to encourage, assist and ensure our members publish high quality community newspapers. The Association achieves this by prioritizing education, marketing and fellowship.



    Where we have been
     
    • The association celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2010. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s it operated from the basement of publisher George Meyer. A central office was established in 1977. Dennis Merrell, Executive Director, has been with the association since 1982.
    • Throughout the 1960s and 1970s it operated from the basement of publisher George Meyer. A central office was established in 1977. Dennis Merrell, Executive Director, has been with the association since 1982.
    •  AWNA’s mission is to encourage, assist and ensure our members publish high quality community newspapers. The Association achieves this by prioritizing education, marketing and fellowship.
     
     
    We continue to develop the quality of our core Advertising services
     
    •  AWNA is committed to providing advertisers with unsurpassed service and up-to-date information on each of the markets community newspapers serve. As a leader in the community newspaper industry, AWNA continues to develop technology that translates into increased sales and target audiences for each advertising client.
    • Target Marketing with Market Analyzer provided by our partner AdWest.
    • Combase Readership survey results.
    • The AWSOM Digital Archive.
    • Display Advertising System (One Order-One Bill).
    • Blanket Classified Advertising.
    • Value Ad Network.
    • Resources on our website. 
    • AWNA Member Services group provides the association member newspapers with the opportunity to focus on the quality of their products through its Better Newspaper Competition (BNC) and workshops. It is the only community newspaper association in Canada that sponsors an annual Newspaper Symposium for the education and training of member newspapers and journalism students.