There are more than 60 members of the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria.
Our member papers each represent their own communities throughout Victoria, from rural and regional areas to the suburbs of Melbourne. These volunteer-driven papers inform and educate their communities, strengthening them socially and economically and help them to be resilient in times of hardship. They publish stories to let their residents know and understand the history and culture of their people and localities. Between them, they distribute a total more than 180,000 copies of their papers to their communities each issue.
Why join CNAV?
The easy response is why not? CNAV is a whole network of community owned newspapers. Membership of CNAV is very affordable. If you are a member of a group publishing a community paper for your local area, your paper can apply to join. All applications are processed by the CNAV committee. Members of CNAV remain independent organisations, but by joining CNAV can:
- Gain access to the annual CNAV conference with its speakers, workshops and information sharing
- Enter the annual CNAV awards
- Receive updates of what is happening in the community newspaper world via the e-mailed Roundabout
- Be linked to the CNAV website
- Become an observer of, or a participant in, the CNAV Facebook page discussions and threads
- Use the CNAV member logo in their publications
- Be elected to the CNAV committee
- Access the services of the CNAV advertising broker at no cost
About Town (Stanhope)
Apollo Bay News
Boronia and The Basin Community News
Brown Hill Community Newsletter
Buninyong and District Community News
Carisbrook Mercury, The
Churchill & District News
Creswick District News
Dargo Bush Bulletin
East Loddon Community News
Ferntree Gully News
Glenlyon & District News
Great Gisborne Gazette
Harcourt News, The Core
Koo Wee Rup Blackfish
Landsborough & District News
Mirboo North Times
Nagambie Community Voice
New Woodend Star
Rowville-Lysterfield Community News
Signpost Community Magazine
Somers Paper Nautilus
Stratford Town Crier
Studfield and Wantirna Community News
Tatura Area Community Bulletin
Thorpdale Community News
What's News - Wandong-Heathcote Junction
The Winchelsea Star
Woady Yaloak Herald
- About Town – Stanhope
- Apollo Bay News – Apollo Bay
- Birregurra Mail – Birregurra
- Blackwood Times – Blackwood
- Boronia and The Basin Community News – Boronia
- Bridge Connection (Redesdale) – Redesdale
- Brown Hill Community Newsletter – Brown Hill
- Buninyong and District Community News – Buninyong
- Bunyip & District Community News – Bunyip
- Burra Flyer – Korumburra
- Burwood Bulletin – Burwood
- Carisbrook Mercury, The – Carisbrook
- Chewton Chat – Chewton
- Churchill & District News – Churchill
- Creswick District News – Creswick
- Dargo Bush Bulletin – Dargo
- Drum – Yarram
- East Loddon Community News – Bear Springs
- Elpho Info – Elphinstone
- Ferntree Gully News – Ferntree Gully
- Glenlyon & District News – Wheatsheaf
- Great Gisborne Gazette – Gisborne
- Harcourt News, The Core – Harcourt
- Koo Wee Rup Blackfish – Koo Wee Rup
- Kyneton Connect – Kyneton
- Landsborough & District News – Landsborough
- Learmonth Thunderer – Learmonth
- Linton News – Linton
- Lismore News – Lismore
- Loch Sport Link – Loch Sport
- Locky News – Lockington
- Lorne Independent – Lorne
- Mallacoota Mouth – Mallacoota
- Malmsbury Mail – Malmsbury
- Meredith & District News – Meredith
- Mirboo North Times – Mirboo North
- Mountain Monthly – Kinglake
- Nagambie Community Voice – Nagambie
- Neerim Star – Neerim South
- New Woodend Star – Woodend
- Newstead Echo – Newstead
- Northerly Aspects – Corio
- Otway Light – Lower Gellibrand
- Riddell Roundup – Riddells Creek
- Rowville-Lysterfield Community News – Rowville
- Signpost Community Magazine – Emerald
- Somers Paper Nautilus – Somers
- Springdale Messenger – Drysdale
- Stratford Town Crier – Stratford
- Studfield and Wantirna Community News – Wantirna
- Tableland Talk – Strathbogie
- Tallangatta Herald – Tallangatta
- Tatura Area Community Bulletin – Tatura
- Thomson Times – Erica
- Thorpdale Community News – Thorpdale
- Town Crier – Whittlesea
- Traf News – Trafalgar
- Village Bell – Upper Beaconsfield
- What’s News – Wandong-Heathcote Junction – Heathcote Junction
- Waranga News – Rushworth
- Warrandyte Diary – Warrandyte
- Waterline News – Grantville
- Welcome Record – Dunolly
- Winchelsea Star – Winchelsea
- Woady Yaloak Herald – Haddon
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President’s Report to the 2015 CNAV AGM
The 2014 CNAV AGM in Caroline Springs saw four committee vacancies opened, and the subsequent reelection of Caroline Roff and John Ellis, making the full committee Thea Bodourian, Mick Bourke, Tim Croucher, John Ellis, Caroline Roff, Helen Smith and Jens Kristian Toft-Hansen.
A special committee meeting was convened after the AGM to elect the committee office bearers for the following year and the office bearers were re-appointed: Vice-President Jens Kristian Toft-Hansen, Secretary Caroline Roff, Treasurer Helen Smith and President John Ellis. Subsequent Saturday morning committee meetings were held at Borderlands (Hawthorn) in December 14, and then in February, April, June, July, Aug and September 2015.
Apart from the obvious task of organising this conference and the annual awards the CNAV committee agendas have included:
- Approval of CNAV memberships for Waterline News, The Burra Flyer, Noojee News, Buninyong
and District News, Bridge Connection and The Goon News.
- Working through legal firm Lewis Holdway to develop a legal contract between PAS Consulting and
CNAV to cover the unusual CNAV advertising broker situation. An MOU was developed to allow this relationship to begin, and the MOU has had several extensions since then. CNAV now has the latest proposed
contract for finalisation.
- State Government advertising has been continually monitored through the monthly reports from Bill
Penrose (PAS Consulting). After the summer fire season advertisements advertising for CNAV members fell
away, the change of government brought many changes. The advertising budget was slashed, new staff appointments were made and expenditure was almost frozen whilst new strategies were planned. This affected
all advertising, but CNAV was dramatically affected. $25,331.68 of advertising (143 ads) in 6 months till
31/12/14 fell away to $9,684.40 in the following 6 months (and the first 2 months of the new financial year
saw only 3 ads worth $284 placed). This situation has been addressed by correspondence and subsequent
meetings with the Strategic Communications Director within the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Jeremi
Moule), with Dentsu Mitchell and acceptance of an invitation to brief members of the State Government’s
Country Caucus. Plans are now in place for the summer fire campaign ads and John Thompson of Dentsu
Mitchell will be meeting with the CNAV committee to discuss future possibilities.
- The CNAV annual budget came under committee scrutiny this year and a formal budget was drafted,
discussed and finally adopted. CNAV’s finances are relatively simple and we’d operated with an overall
understanding of the situation in previous years – the adoption of a planned budget formalises that understanding. Income currently consists of membership fees, conference registrations and bank interest – and ultimately will include advertising brokerage too. Expenditure is made up of conference costs, meeting room
hire, legal expenses, website and incorporation costs. The biggest expenditure is the cost of the conference
and the registration fees charged bring in only about half of that cost. CNAV membership fees subsidise that
shortfall. In framing the 2015/16 budget it was necessary to increase the membership fee from $30 to $35,
and similarly increase the conference registration fees slightly. CNAV’s future depends on being financially
sustainable and framing a budget is a big step towards this. The budget will be monitored and reviewed during the financial year.
- Formalising the CNAV governance has been a focus this year. Under the guidance of Mick Bourke,
Policies and Procedures approved and adopted have been: Financial Management Policy, Reimbursement of
Expenses Policy, Authorisation of Payments, Corporate Card Policy, Fraud Risk Policy, Asset Management
they are important stepping stones for CNAV’s future development.
- Professional insurance came up again this year for some members. Although this isn’t resolved we
have attracted the interest of insurance brokers who are following up with insurers to see if a “package”
taking into account the special attributes of CNAV members can be arranged. Unfortunately this is taking
longer than one would anticipate.
Communication with members remains one of the committee’s priorities. Roundabout newsletters have been published and circulated in October 14, December 14, March 15, April 15, July 15, August 15 and September 15. It is still being circulated to all Victorian municipalities and to all Victorian state parliamentarians. Tim Croucher’s role in Roundabout has been increasing which is a notable effort when Roundabout demands have to be juggled with a heavy student workload. Apart from passing on committee happenings and items of journalistic interest, we have tried to focus on community events and celebrations that our
members are involved in. The obvious vibrancy of the community newspaper scene is not at committee level – it is in the publications themselves. I believe we could be much more pro-active in promoting CNAV by highlighting more of the grassroots community newspaper scene. I’m not sure how we can achieve this, how we can encourage our members to share their achievements, celebrations and even their campaigns.
The Facebook presence has continued with Marina Cook as administrator issuing memberships of the “secret” group to requesting CNAV members. At this stage we have only 19 members, but the number of posts and responses to them have been slowly picking up. It’s great to see papers like The New Woodend Star and Waterline News making their publications available to other CNAV members. Other very recent postings have included the data map of CNAV membership distribution areas, the CNAV brief for the Summer Fire Season 2015 – 2016 and a link to an ABC podcast on Making News. Each of those have been posted since the last Roundabout, our Facebook presence is a way of keeping informed and participating.
And it is possible for any CNAV member to have more than one of their team as a CNAV Facebook member. If you don’t use Facebook yourself, why not have another of your team take the role? Facebook allows instant communication, and is a two-way process to boot.
“The CNAV website re-development has been an extended process due to circumstances beyond CNAV’s control,” was a statement in the report to the 2014 CNAV AGM. Unfortunately, we have only been on-line intermittently since then. The rebuilt website went live only to be hacked shortly after. A reload of the site was hacked for a second time, presumably by a different person or different organisation. Obviously, the why and how questions need answering before we can proceed with a CNAV shopfront that we all believe is necessary.
So where do those achievements leave CNAV? What are our challenges?
First and foremost, as I suggested last year, CNAV membership must go beyond the plateau we seem to have arrived at. To have a robust network, to boost our brand recognition and to assist in negotiations with the government and outside organisations, CNAV needs a strong and confident membership base. The new working map of our papers and their distribution areas show deficiencies where recruitment must be still possible.
Selling ourselves depends on us communicating – knowing ourselves first. An update of The Community Newspaper is an important next step and for that we need to have member information available. In a rapidly evolving communications environment we really need to ensure this publication is updated annually.
And there’s the committee. It has taken from the 2006 formation of CNAV to 2013 to fill all the committee positions available. Maintaining a full and vibrant committee is going to be a challenge for any statewide organisation. Each committee member is valuable and has a valuable role to take on as their expertise and talents are recognised and shared.
As president this year I’m very pleased to have had the support and talents of Caroline, Helen, CNAV’s Foundation President Mick, Jens, Tim and Thea to draw on. And, fortunately, that group is being added to by non-committee volunteers like Marina administering the Facebook page, and Anne Boyd pulling together the overarching MC role for this conference.
And to conclude, all CNAV members must be thanked for their support of this association, and congratulated for their dedication in meeting those continual deadlines in the production of their community’s voices.
John Ellis, President. 9/10/2015.