DistriPress Training Foundation (DTF)

Mission and Values

The DistriPress Training Foundation (DTF) is an independent, self-governing, non-profit arm of the DistriPress Association. Being an international trade association, we support and promote the global circulation and distribution of press products. The objective is to encourage and support education and training within the press distribution and publishing industry.



In 1970, the DistriPress Training Scheme Committee (TSC) was established. The concept was conceived by Pat Street in his role as Newsstand Director at Newsweek. During his travels in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Pat had identified the need to support press development in these continents. His idea was to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience between publishers and distributors in less developed regions with their colleagues in more industrialised areas.

Following Pat’s death in 1979, it was decided that the TSC would set up a foundation in his honour to continue his work. This was known as The Pat Street Memorial Scholarship Fund. This was duly incorporated in 1981 and remained a training body until 1997, when the decision was made to re-name it as the DistriPress Training Foundation, to support DistriPress member companies in the training and development of their people.


What can DTF do for you?

We assist publishers of any size in investigating opportunities to grow their distribution from local to international. If you are an ambitious start-up or developing publisher who is seeking to extend distribution globally, we can help you access international contacts and resources from experts around the world.

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Singapore 1973. Pat Street, the originator of the Distripress Training Scheme Committee, now DTF.
The Mediastar team in India shared their knowledge with the DTF’s 2015 candidate, Karuna Maharjan from Bazaar in Nepal.

DistriPress Training Foundation x Association of Circulation Executives

Empower Programme


The Empower Programme is designed to support anyone building a career in the newspaper and magazine industry. It will help you develop skills, increase knowledge and make contacts. More details here

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