The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Inland Press Association will merge in October.

SNPA Executive Director Edward VanHorn writes: “Our united goal was to develop a new association that will build on our strengths to serve our members not just for today, but also for the future.”

SNPA,founded in 1903, “includes more 500 print and digital newspapers and nearly 90 R&D partners that supply goods and services to the newspaper industry,” according to its website.

“The industry has seen a significant change in the last decade,” said Doug Phares, Inland’s president and co-chair of the merger planning group, in Inland’s article about the merger plan. “There has been a migration to larger groups and an exiting of many long-term family owners. It has also seen a seismic shift in the business model and long-held practices have been upended.”

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