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 The Association of Community Publishers represents publishers of community papers from coast to coast, reaching millions of homes on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. These papers are united in providing the best advertising coverage to their clients and valuable advertising information to their strong and loyal readership base.

ACP is a member-driven organization, led by an elected board of directors who set the group’s direction in carrying out that mission. Polices, activities and administration of the organization are directed by the board and a variety of committees focusing on specific areas of the industry and organization. Day-to-day operations are conducted by a professional staff headquartered outside Nashville, Tennessee and upstate New York. Membership in ACP assures you the opportunity to network and learn from the best the community publishing industry has to offer!

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Membership Benefits

ACP Health Insurance

The Association of Community Publishers has partnered with World Insurance to craft a healthcare plan built exclusively for the Association of Community Publishers members.

Healthcare coverage is one of the most volatile costs for employers. With the Association of Community Publishers Health Benefits Program, members can minimize the costs and stress of finding and providing employees coverage. Through the Association of Community Publishers Health Benefits Program you, your employees, and their families are covered.
ACP Health Insurance

Power Sales University has developed a world-class sales training curriculum that trains salespeople of all levels to master the art and science of sales. No matter what your organization sells, or how you sell it, our sales training will increase gross sales. We train the fundamentals, the nuts and bolts on how to close from A-to-Z.
Power Sales University

USPS Discount

As a Member Benefit of the Association of Community Publications (ACP), we have put together this advertising promotion involving a public service announcement that should qualifies your publication to take advantage of the 2023 Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion from the United States Postal Service.

Any free paper publisher that uses USPS Marketing Mail to deliver their publication can take advantage of participation in this program to save 2% off the total postage cost from August 1st through December 31.
Get a 2% Discount

Annual Event & Trade Show

This event is “the” educational and social gathering of the year for ACP Members. This ADS supported conference is all inclusive featuring TLI’s professional training certification courses and upper echelon motivational and industry speakers in some of nation’s greatest cities.
Annual Conference

Publish Magazine

Publish Magazine is the industry's monthly magazine. Publish is distributed to all owners, publishers, general managers, and leaders free of charge. Current circulation is about 1,700 copies monthly which assures that Publish's news and advertising information is the most widely distributed in North America.
Publish Magazine

Media Campus

Online Media Campus provides high-quality, low-cost online training to media professionals.  More than 20 programs are offered annually on writing and editorial topics, print and online advertising sales, technology, social networking, management issues and much more. 
Online Campus

Virtual Events

ACP offers virtual training sessions to accommodate the needs of our members. We offer a mix of live and recorded industry specific presentation throughout the year.

Virtual Events


The Leadership Institute (TLI) is a structured, comprehensive, cost effective sales and leadership training program designed specifically for ACP members and the community publication industry.
Leadership Institute

Rising Stars

The ACP Rising Stars program is designed to honor individuals who are emerging leaders in the community publication industry and 35 years old or younger. We recognize up to 8 individuals who represent the best of our up and coming industry professionals.
Rising Stars


Advertising Distribution Services (ADS) is the largest classified and display advertising network available in North America, offering national exposure to advertisers at affordable pricing.
ADS Network

Link & Learn

The community paper industry has developed Link & Learn, a series of educational materials designed to inform publication staff and train sales representatives.
Link & Learn

Circulation Audits

Circulation audits give credibility to the community publication industry. ACP pays for third party audits for qualifying members through Circulation Verification Council (CVC). CVC is an independent, third party reporting audit company.
CVC Audits

Press Passes

A press pass is available at a significantly discounted rate to any ACP member in good standing.

Press Pass

Saturation Mailers Coalition

Saturation Mailers Coalition (SMC) represents shared mailers, including free papers, coupon magazine and envelope mailers that use USPS saturation mail. SMC advocates for reasonable postal rates, regulations, and reliable service.

Bob Wright Scholarship

ACP presents The Bob Wright Memorial Scholarship each May. Any parent, grandparent or guardian who is working for a community paper that is a current member of ACP is eligible to apply for one of our annual scholarships for their graduate.

Membership Benefits Brochure

Discover the many benefits of membership in ACP.

Download "2023ACPMembershipBrochure.pdf"

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Awards Competition

Be the Best of the Best! Get your staff and publications the recognition they deserve. These annual awards provide an opportunity to showcase your graphics, writing, photography and design skills and creativity.


Free Information Training Sessions (FITS) are offered to all members as an ACP benefit. Whether you are looking for a topic for your sales training, a quick jump-start for ideas, or training for staff members FITS is where you’ll start.

Podcast Library

World-class sales training is now as close as your laptop. ACP and TLI are happy to provide this program designed to help you close more sales and cover issues of interest to frontline sales people and managers.

Professional Connections

ACP serves the community publishing industry by acting as a facilitator to connect members seeking help. Whether it is advice, answers to questions or the wise counsel of people within the industry who have tackled similar issues in their own operations.

Peer & SHARE Meetings

Network, share ideas, find solutions. These calls enable a group of members to work together as a team to develop their skills, share best practices, and solve common problems, while making each other more successful.

Industry Promo Ads

Click below to find several ads that you can use in your paper promoting the value of Community Papers, the value of Buying Local and PSA ads that promote great causes.