National Newspaper Association

Protecting, Promoting and Enhancing Community Newspapers Since 1885

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NNA works daily on postal issues that affect community newspapers. Its goals are to achieve fair rates, efficient service and a level competitive playing field between newspapers and direct mail competitors.

NNA represents community newspapers:

  • On the Postal Service’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee

  • Before the Postal Regulatory Commission

  • With the House Oversight and Government Committee

  • The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

Some of NNA’s achievements include:

  • Preserving the lowest commercial postage rate in the system—the Within County privilege—for community newspapers for more than 120 years

  • Gaining a new 5 percent discount for Outside County postage for total mailings of under 5,000 copies when a paper has the Within County privilege

  • Making sure a newspaper does not lose the privilege just because a postal carrier’s route wanders outside a county line

  • Gaining an extension for the requirement to shift to a new Intelligent Mail Barcode for automation discounts

  • Preserving next-day or better service standards for periodicals entered at local post offices or mail distribution facilities

Higher rates to mail arrive in January but USPS continues to struggle

Oct 12, 2018

Postage increases will make their annual appearance in January of the new year, as the struggling U.S. Postal Service picks its targets for some hikes while leaving other mailers with a closer-to-inflation ...

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Renewal notices can be mailed as Marketing Mail

Aug 30, 2018

In this column I’ll share actual questions received by NNA’s postal email hotline with answers that might be worthwhile to others.

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Can charitable gift subs be counted as paid?

Aug 14, 2018

Here are more questions and answers from actual inquiries to the National Newspaper Association Postal Hotline in recent weeks.

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Curbside postal delivery ending for new homes

Jun 14, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service is ending curbside delivery for new home construction in favor of cluster boxes, which would require residents to go to a central location in the neighborhood, much like what is ...

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NNA advises president’s postal task force on rates, service

Jun 14, 2018

In May, the National Newspaper Association held an initial meeting with the President’s Task Force on the U.S. Postal System, which is required to issue a report by mid-July on how to restructure ...

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Physical standards for proper preparation of ‘flat’ mail like newspapers and magazines

May 4, 2018

I am sharing relevant content from a recent seminar I attended at the Kentuckiana District Postal Customer Council in Louisville by mailing specialist Ron Burch. I have found him to be a smart guy with ...

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Trump authorizes task force for postal reorganization

May 4, 2018

President Donald J. Trump jumped into the postal reform wars in April with an executive order creating a 120-day task force to reorganize the troubled U.S. Postal Service.

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Enterprise Payment System now operable for all postal accounts

Apr 9, 2018

The U.S. Postal Service has been unveiling for some months now the transition to a new, more secure business mail account payment system to migrate current users of the Centralized Account Processing System. ...

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Postal Q & A … from the NNA postal hotline …

Mar 14, 2018

Every now and then, I like to share with all National Newspaper Association members some of the calls and emails we get from members where we have helped them in their businesses. Here’s a sample ...

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