The mission of NCPA is:
• To protect First Amendment Freedoms
• To keep public meetings and public records open
• To keep the entire state government process accessible to the public
• To promote thorough communications among association members and to encourage membership growth and activity
• To maintain high industry standards
• To represent the business interests of newspapers
• To promote literacy.
The board of directors consists of the president, vice president, secretary-treasurers (of NCPA and NCPS), the immediate past president, the president of The Associated Dailies, the president of The N.C. Association of Community Newspapers and nine additional directors.
The president, vice president, immediate past president and two divisional presidents serve one-year terms; the nine directors serve three-year, staggered terms. The secretary-treasurers are appointed annually by the board president, and serve as voting members at the pleasure of the board. A nominating committee appointed by the President of the association makes nominations.
The terms of office begin on August 1 and end on July 31. Elections take place during the annual business meeting held during the summer convention.