National Newspaper Association

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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

Community newspapers ask Congress to support the Postal Service

Apr 30, 2020

Amid the flurries of legislation to protect the U.S. economy from the coronavirus damage, Congress has been asked to recognize the needs of the Postal Service.  

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Urge Congress to stop putting off looming USPS crisis — add your signature

Apr 23, 2020

The U.S. Postal Service is dangerously close to a major disruption. Its cash is expected to hit a wall by the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept.30.

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Weeklies find success publishing under one flag and running COVID education ads

Apr 7, 2020

The Cut Bank Pioneer Press, The Glacier Reporter, Shelby Promoter and The Valerian all published as one hyperlocal publication on April 1.

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USPS is providing a six-month extension for renewal of requesters

Apr 3, 2020

Publishers of requester publications, in particular, have a respite from bringing expiring requests up to date.

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Postal Q & A: Requester pubs below 24 pages?

Apr 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Missing pub days affect permit?

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Getting your mail (ISSUE BRIEF)

Mar 30, 2020

Many businesses in local communities were forced to shut down abruptly without having time to think about their mail delivery. Typically, a local post office will hold mail for 10 days before beginning ...

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USPS has advised Periodicals permits will not be revoked due to suspension related to coronavirus quarantines

Mar 17, 2020

USPS has advised NNA that Periodicals permits will not be revoked if a newspaper has to suspend a print issue during coronavirus quarantines.

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Seamless acceptance, Enterprise Payment System, Business Customer Gateway changes for members

Mar 1, 2020

A big part of NNA’s participation in the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) is getting a preview of new programs and procedures proposed by the Postal Service. The theory is that the representatives ...

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PRC outlines future ‘skyrocketing’ postal costs

Mar 1, 2020

Imagine that you are spending $250 a week at your local post office, mailing some 2,000 newspapers to your readers. Service is pretty good, so long as you do most of the work: sort the papers by the carrier’s ...

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