Audit and Reporting Changes
AAM is announcing a new initiative to modernize the news media audit and reporting process by offering more intuitive guidance and flexibility resulting in a less time-consuming audit for publishers while still preserving valuable planning data for media planners. The changes—developed with key industry leaders and with full support of the AAM board of directors—simplifies AAM rules, streamlines reports and eliminates extraneous data and requirements. Some of the highlights include:
- Reinvent the audit by shifting away from a defined audit period to one focused on intermittent testing to provide continued assurance while giving news media staff additional flexibility and time savings.
- Prioritizing U.S. news media ZIP code data by continuing to report information quarterly while reducing full data filing to twice a year.
- Collaborating with clients to submit data and offering data modeling for twice-yearly statements.
- Streamlining AAM reports by consolidating nonpaid circulation in the U.S. and digital circulation subcategories.
- Opening access to nonpaid audits by using technology to replace in-field testing, making audits more cost-effective for publishers, and encouraging participation to increase buyer investment opportunities.
In this hub, we share a variety of educational resources to help news media and buyers better understand how these changes are designed to reflect the current news media industry while continuing to foster relationships and business transactions built on trust and transparency.
Frequently Asked Questions
AAM covers what publishers need to know about the new audit and reporting changes. Read more.
Points of View
- Why ZIP Code Data is the Holy Grail by Steve Mueller, president and CEO, NSA Media
- How AAM Rules Changes Will Increase Focus on Quality Audiences by Dan Schaub, corporate director of audiece development, McClatchy
- 5 Things AAM's News Media Auditors Want You to Know About the New Audit by Ken Shultz, senior vice president, auditing, AAM
- An at-a-glance comparison of audit and reporting before and after
- An overview of how each circulation category will be reported for the September 2020 and March 2021 periods
These twice-yearly reports are more concise and streamlined.
Changes in Detail
Here we take a closer look at some of the changes
- How is auditing of nonpaid circulation changing?
- What data are you eliminating from the reports?
- How is ZIP code filing changing?