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

Newspapers challenge removal of rate cap established by Congress

Jan 12, 2021

Postal Regulatory Commission order could lead to postage increases of 45% over five years, representing existential threat to newspapers

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In 2021, USPS has authority to increase rates to cover expenses

Jan 6, 2021

The possibility of 7-9% annual postage increases under a new Postal Regulatory Commission order threatens mailed newspapers in 2021. 

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Higher postage rates are coming — here’s what you can do about it

Jan 5, 2021

NNA members surveyed in August indicated they were seeing service problems across the board in all mail classes, even for Within County.

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MEMBER ALERT: Higher postage rates may appear in 2021 — NNA board examining impact, options

Dec 9, 2020

The PRC completed a three-year-long examination of a 2006 inflation-based price cap on postage increases.  The National Newspaper Association has spoken the PRC on numerous occasions about the need ...

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Electronic paid/requester subscriptions can count as valuable add-ons, depending on circumstances

Dec 1, 2020

The ability to count electronic subscriptions on the annual postal Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation, PS Form 3526, has been established since 2012, when a third page was added to the ...

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PRC approves postage incentive for Seamless Acceptance of Periodicals and Marketing mail

Dec 1, 2020

The Postal Regulatory Commission this week approved the Postal Service’s proposed 2021 postage rates, including a new incentive of $.001 per piece for mail introduced through a new Seamless Acceptance ...

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NNA POSTAL ALERT: Publishers should immediately migrate Central Postage Payment (CAPS) accounts to USPS electronic postal payment system to avoid interruptions

Nov 18, 2020

The U.S. Postal Service set a drop-dead date of August 20, 2020, for commercial mailers to close their Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) accounts for postage payments and instead use Enterprise ...

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Congressional Action Team ‚Ā†discusses postal priorities

Nov 13, 2020

The NNA Congressional Action Team hosted a meeting on Thursday, November 12 to discuss postal priorities in the coming year. 

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Pub Aux Live: Faster, Cheaper Newspaper Mail in Flats Tubs

Nov 6, 2020

Preparing Periodicals newspapers in white USPS tubs helps subscribers get their mail on time and saves costs for the Postal Service. Beginning in January, USPS will begin to recognize a discount for some ...

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