Member newspapers must meet stringent publishing standards to carry the MCNA logo on their masthead. This "approval rating" is your guarantee that a number of important measures have been taken by a newspaper to ensure the editorial is original and local in focus, the news and information is relevant and personal to readers, the physical product is prepared and printed to the highest standards of quality, and the circulation is verified and audited. Subsequently, we can deliver proven readership and affinity with a desired audience for our advertisers.
The following are key
criteria that member newspapers must meet before they can use the MCNA logo.
Circulation must be audited
by any of the following recognized organizations: Audit Bureau of Circulations
(ABC), Verified Circulation Controlled (VCC)/Verified Circulation Paid (VCP),
or the Canadian Circulations Audit Board (CCAB). All newspapers must have
audits conducted twice a year according to their established schedule, and use
only their most current audited circulation reports.
Ad to Editorial Ratios
Advertising content must not
exceed 70% in any issue of the newspaper.
At least 50% of editorial
content of each issue must be produced by editorial staff or correspondents of
the newspaper. At least 50% of editorial in each issue must be local content
and pertain to the newspaper's circulation (geographic) area.
The newspaper must publish weekly, but no more than four times a week and no less than 47 times a year.