Cox Enterprises and Forbes.com Join Online Publishers Association; OPA Introduces Associate Membership for 2002
NEW YORK, NY -- December 19, 2001 -- The Online Publishers Association (OPA) announced today that Cox Enterprises, Inc. and Forbes.com have joined as its newest members, expanding its current membership to 17.
John Mellott, vice president of business development at Cox Enterprises, and Bill Flatley, vice president and chief advertising officer of Forbes.com, will serve as representatives to OPA.
"We are pleased to welcome Cox Enterprises and Forbes.com into our growing group of member companies," said Michael Zimbalist, acting executive director of OPA. "We look forward to the leadership, perspective and insight that these executives will bring as we continue our efforts to strengthen, support and advance the interests of quality online content sites."
"Forbes.com is delighted to join the Online Publishers Association," said Bill Flatley, vice president and chief advertising officer of Forbes.com. "Not only do we share the same commitment to excellence in providing the highest-quality online content for our users -- the world's business leaders -- but we also share the Association's belief in the brand value equation as it relates to advancing online publishing to the advertising community and other very important audiences."
In addition to naming its two newest members, OPA also announced today that it has introduced a new level of membership for vendors and organizations that support the online publishing business but are not, themselves, publishers. Associate Membership will be available to organizations that meet the defined criteria for $5,000 annually, beginning in 2002. A more detailed description of membership criteria, member benefits and the newly revised 2002 dues structure are available at www.online-publishers.org/membership.
"Now that we have firmly established ourselves and our mission, we are pleased to be offering Associate Membership to organizations that support the online publishing business," said Mr. Zimbalist. "Associate Membership will help strengthen our organization and provide vendors with a way to participate in important industry developments."
Cox Enterprises (www.coxenterprises.com) is one of the nation's leading media companies and operators of automobile auctions. Major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. ((NYSE: COX) cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access and other advanced broadband services); Cox Newspapers, Inc. (newspapers, local and national direct mail advertising and customized newsletters); Cox Television (television, television sales rep firms and research); Cox Radio, Inc. ((NYSE: CXR) broadcast radio stations and interactive web sites); Manheim Auctions, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); and Cox Interactive Media, Inc. (a network of Internet city sites). Cox Enterprises also owns an equity stake in a range of Internet businesses, including AutoTrader.com, the world's largest and most visited online source of vehicle listings for dealers and consumers.
Forbes.com Inc., a leading Internet media company, is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning. Forbes.com, located at www.forbes.com, includes real-time original reporting on business, technology, investing and lifestyle; the complete online editions of Forbes magazine, Forbes Global, Forbes ASAP and Forbes FYI; stock and mutual fund quotes; comprehensive company profiles; an expanded online version of Best of The Web; a wide array of interactive tools, calculators and databases, including People Tracker, the annual Forbes Lists; and a Lifestyle section that currently focuses on high-end vehicles, collecting, real estate and travel.
About the Online Publishers Association
Founded in June 2001 by twelve of the Internet's leading content brands, the Online Publishers Association (OPA) is an industry trade organization whose mission is to advance the interests of high-quality online publishers before the advertising community, the press, the government and the public. Members of OPA represent the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability. For more information about the Online Publishers Association, visit www.online-publishers.org.