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

Ready or not, Seamless Acceptance for Full Service Mailers is coming

Apr 1, 2021

Now, it appears that all Full Service mailers entering currently through their local BMEU, likely their local post office, will be verified using only automated sampling and verification processes beginning ...

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Pub Aux Live! Coming to a Mail Acceptance Unit Near You

Mar 29, 2021

Seamless Acceptance for all Full Service IMb mailers begins in July.  These and other effects may be ahead for mailers:

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National Newspaper Association adds voice to the call for Congressional action on USPS

Mar 23, 2021

Wesner’s comments came at the conclusion of DeJoy’s release of the USPS 10-year plan “Delivering for America,” in which multiple changes in USPS’ approach to preserving Universal ...

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Postal Q&A: COVID subscriber/requester expiration extended

Mar 1, 2021

Sample large number on small circ pubs

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Postal Q&A: What are the steps to take when merging 2 smaller papers into 1?

Feb 1, 2021

NNA members jump hurdles while USPS handles surge in packages. 

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NNA MEMBER ALERT: Postage rates increases Jan. 24

Jan 21, 2021

NNA members are reminded that USPS rates will increase this coming Sunday. 

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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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