Who qualifies for Online Membership
3.4.3 Associate membership – Online:
In the discretion of the Board of Directors, associate membership status may be extended to a corporation or other legal entity that publishes an online news delivery service that meets the following requirements:
i. bears a title or name and is available to the general public, either paid or unpaid, via the World Wide Web;
ii. principally reports local, general news and/or editorial comment not less than an annual average of 25 percent of the entity’s content of announcements, miscellaneous reading
matter, commercial and classified advertising;
iii. content is created from an established commercial place of business within the state of Florida to subscribers or readers;
iv. news, editorial and advertising content updated at least twice-weekly with core content residing on a server or website (links to other web content may be included);
v. follows professionally defined and accepted ethics and standards of journalism;
vi. must not serve primarily as a platform to promote the interest and/or opinions of a special interest group, individual or cause;
vii. must have been continuously published for a minimum of one year;
viii. and fully completes the FPA application process, including a Notice of Application published in two consecutive editions of the organization’s e-bulletin.
How to Apply for Membership
Mail the following completed documents by the deadline listed below to FPA attn: Karen Tower at 1025 Greenwood Blvd., Suite 121, Lake Mary, FL 32746-5410.
- Online Member Application
- Payment by check for one year’s dues (view Dues Structure)
Will be applied to the first year’s dues upon approval of membership
Upcoming Application Deadlines
- Active, Associate or Affiliate Membership: January 24, 2022, April 11, 2022
- Associate – Online or Affiliate – Online Membership: January 3, 2022, March 28, 2022
Please note: deadlines are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the FPA staff.
You will be advised of the date of the next board meeting when submitting your application. All application materials must arrive at the FPA’s office by the deadline listed above for an application to be reviewed. News organizations that have been accepted as members will be notified immediately following the board meeting. If your application is not accepted all prepaid dues will be refunded within 5 business days.
Contact Karen Tower at firstname.lastname@example.org