The Ohio News Media Association was established in 1933 as the the Ohio Newspaper Association, which formally consolidated the activities of two loosely-knit groups of publishers which had existed since the late 1800’s — The Buckeye Press Association for weekly newspapers and The Associated Ohio Dailies. These forerunner organizations banded together to share trade information and to jointly sell advertising.
From these roots has evolved a strong state trade association which represents all of Ohio’s daily newspapers and weekly newspapers which qualify for periodicals class mail privileges. ONMA administers a full program of member services that include: government relations and lobbying, publications, seminars and employee training, legal assistance, group insurance, and advertising services.
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of ONMA, AdOhio sells advertising in ways that are designed to make the process as easy as possible for the advertiser. AdOhio handles display, classified and online advertising, legal notices and preprints.
The AdOhio concept is “one order, one bill, one check” for any size buy, from local to statewide — even regionally through other cooperating state associations. The AdOhio staff generates all insertion orders, schedules the ads, collects tearsheets and provides an itemized bill. AdOhio service also includes electronic ad transmission.
OhioSCAN, a statewide classified network of dailies and weeklies, offers member newspapers the chance to generate revenue from local ads submitted to the network. A fully-electronic network, OhioSCAN distributes ads weekly to its member newspapers. A similar network distributes 2 x 2 display ads.
AdOhio billings exceed $5 million annually. Clients include small businesses, large companies and some of Ohio’s premier advertising agencies. AdOhio also maintains a sophisticated database of reader demographics.
The Ohio News Media Foundation
The Ohio News Media Foundation was formed by ONMA members in 1976. This 501 (c)(3) charitable organization is operated with contributions that are made outside of the association dues structure. The Foundation’s mission is to achieve the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in journalism and newspaper publishing through research and educational activities. These include:
- The journalism scholarship program which includes a high school minority scholarship, the ONWA Annual Scholarship, the Harold K. Douthit Scholarship, and the university journalism scholarships
- The Newspaper Staff Training Calendar
- Ohio Newspapers in Education Committee
- Ohio Newspaper Carrier Achievement Awards
- Seminars with Ohio’s journalism schools
- Assistance to high school newspapers
The Ohio Coalition for Open Government
The Ohio Coalition for Open Government (OCOG) is a tax-exempt affiliate of the Foundation. The Coalition serves as a clearinghouse for media and citizen grievances that involve open meetings and open records, as well as offering guidance to media reporters in local situations. The Coalition’s activities include a legal defense fund, legal assistance telephone hotline, newsletter, and the publication “A Guide to Public Records and Open Meetings Laws in Ohio.”
The Coalition’s seven-member board includes representatives of media outlets, journalism schools, and citizen organizations.