Relief from AAM Quarterly Filing Due to COVID-19

Learn how AAM is changing news media filing requirements.

Scott Hanson, Executive Vice President, Auditing

 

To everyone working in the news media industry now, please let me say thank you for your part in keeping newspapers running and our communities informed. I also want to convey a message of gratitude from AAM’s chairman:

Let me send my heartfelt thanks to the news media industry for their tireless efforts and sacrifices in keeping our citizens informed and safe during this unprecedented time. I hope that the accommodations made by AAM will allow you to continue sharing data with buyers so that our industry may continue future planning and resume normal operations quickly when our country recovers. Again, thank you for your efforts.

Edward W. Boyd, CEO, Current International Inc. and Magnifi

And from NSA Media, one of the largest buyers of news media in the U.S.:

NSA Media is an ardent supporter and champion of America’s news media. We are grateful for your dedication to delivering local news, information and insights during this unprecedented pandemic. Sharing data with AAM and buyers allows us to continue our planning and resume normal operations more quickly when our country recovers. From all of us here at NSA, thank you for your determination and dedication.

Steve Mueller, CEO and President, NSA Media

We know that your daily operations are impacted by COVID-19 and want to provide some relief from your AAM obligations. To help, we’re offering two different options for the March 2020 filing period. Both allow you to file data for the normal quarter of January 1 to March 31 or remove the impact of COVID-19 from your data and file for January 1 to February 29:

For U.S. news media organizations:

Simplified Reporting with Projections

Submit a simplified list of data elements, and we’ll project your more detailed data using the December 2019 quarterly report. To take advantage of this option, log into the Publisher Filing Center and share:

  • Total net print and digital circulation
  • Number of eliminated days for period, if applicable
  • Number of non-publishing days for period, if applicable
  • Period start and end dates (January 1 to March 31 or January 1 to February 29)
  • Total circulation for the dates of the ZIP code analysis

Watch our tutorial for a step-by-step demonstration on how to file data using the simplified reporting option and ZIP code projections.

 

Normal Filing with Optional Simplified ZIP Code Reporting

If you wish to file your circulation data traditionally, the Publisher Filing Center is open and ready for you to submit your data. You can report for either the two-months ended February 29 or three-months ended March 31.

We are offering the opportunity to project your ZIP code data using dates from your December 2019 quarterly report. In the filing tool, you will simply indicate your desire to project when completing the survey page for paragraph 3.

 

For Canadian news media organizations:

Simplified Reporting with Projections

Submit a simplified list of data elements, and we’ll project your more detailed data using the December 2019 quarterly report. To take advantage of this option, log into the Publisher Filing Center and share:

  • Total net print and digital circulation
  • Number of eliminated days for period, if applicable
  • Number of non-publishing days for period, if applicable
  • Period start and end dates (January 1 to March 31 or January 1 to February 29)

Watch our tutorial for a step-by-step demonstration on how to file data using the simplified reporting option.

 

Normal Filing

If you wish to file your circulation data traditionally , the Publisher Filing Center is open and ready for you to submit your data. You can report for either the two-months ended February 29 or three-months ended March 31.

 

Filing Deadline Extended

Our hope is that these accommodations will allow most newspapers to file data by the end of May so that buyers may continue to plan their investments. We also understand that it may not be possible for you to file data right now and that’s okay, too. If you cannot file your data, please contact Kelly Murphy so that we can determine how to best assist you.

 

Additional COVID-19 Resources

If you have questions about how AAM is adjusting audit guidelines due to COVID-19, please review our FAQs. We’ve also developed a list of industry resources for publishers impacted by the pandemic.
 

Even during this unprecedented disruption, our work on behalf of the news media industry continues. We’re reviewing additional options and accommodations for filing data and executing audits for the future. I’ll share more about these initiatives when normal business resumes. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your audit manager.

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