About Us

The Maine Press Association (MPA), founded in 1864, is one of the oldest professional news organizations in the nation. Our goals, as spelled out in our charter and by-laws are:

To promote and foster high ethical standards and the best interests of the newspapers, journalists, and media organizations of the state of Maine that constitute its membership;

To encourage improved business and editorial practices and better media environment in the state; and

To improve the conditions of journalism and journalists by promoting and protecting the principles of freedom of speech and of the press and the public’s right to know.

Membership benefits include, but are not limited to:

Conferences and Workshops: Our annual Fall Conference includes workshops, Hall of Fame inductions, the annual scholarship benefit auction and Better Newspaper Contest award presentations – and some free time for networking and socializing.

Legal and Legislative Services: Assisted by Mitchell Tardy Jackson, the MPA works in the Legislature to promote and protect the interests of the state’s newspapers.

E-News Updates: E-News Updates are sent regularly to all regular, associate and individual members. The newsletter includes up-to-date information about the MPA’s events and activities.

Maine Press Association Hall of Fame: The MPA Hall of Fame honors those who have made lifetime contributions to the profession. The Hall of Fame helps to preserve the history of Maine Newspapers and the people who have made them great.