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The National Newspaper Association’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance American’s community newspapers. 

NNA needs the support of every community newspaper in order to work closely with policy officials to create a legal and regulatory environment conducive to the growth of community newspapers. 



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.


Public notice

Public notices in newspapers are part of the three-legged stool of government accountability. Public notices help to inform the public on activities by the government and other public entities. Public notices have been included in newspapers from the beginning of the Republic. Now they are also on many newspapers’ websites.

Join the Congressional Action Team

The Congressional Action Team (CAT) is NNA's grassroots team composed of newspaper publishers from across the country who volunteer to contact their Senators and Representatives when legislation affecting community newspapers is introduced or when legislative activity is necessary. CAT members are asked to simply call their members of Congress or write a letter to express their concerns on behalf of community newspapers. All newspaper publishers who are members of the National Newspaper Association may join.






NNA adds voice to the call for Congressional action on USPS

Apr 1, 2021

Major changes are ahead for the U.S. Postal Service and newspaper mailers, with or without Congressional action on a postal reform plan, but legislative assistance could soften the blows to newspaper mailers. That ...

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Meeting with Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, & National Newspaper Association

Mar 22, 2021

Congressional leaders discuss largest-ever female class in Congress and their priorities for 2021

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National Newspaper Association applauds move to repair FOIA

Mar 17, 2021

The Open and Responsive Government Act of 2021, S 742, would fix a hole in FOIA created by the US Supreme Court in 2019 when it allowed retailers to claim confidentiality in how taxpayer-funded food benefits ...

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The Right to Publish — avoiding boycott sanctions

Mar 1, 2021

The National Newspaper Association and other media organizations, led by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, prevailed in February in striking down an Arkansas statute that might have penalized ...

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The Right to Publish — FOIA obligations

Mar 1, 2021

Uniformed officers’ labor agreements cannot be used to bargain away a local government’s Freedom of Information obligations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in February.

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NNA First Amendment Award goes to North Carolina Publisher Tom Boney

Feb 22, 2021

NNA presents its First Amendment award periodically in recognition of valiant actions by community newspaper journalists. During the virtual presentation, Boney will tell the story of the defense of his ...

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NNA MEMBER ALERT: Community newspaper journalists may qualify as exempt professionals

Jan 19, 2021

The ruling, which applies strictly only to the publisher for which it was crafted, nevertheless takes a new look at the changed responsibilities of small-town journalists. Earlier court cases ruled ...

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US Department of Labor clarifies independent contractor rules

Jan 12, 2021

The Trump Administration Labor Department in its final days has issued new regulations for determining when individuals are considered independent contractors rather than employees.

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NNA MEMBER ALERT: SBA releases application for second PPP loans

Jan 11, 2021

The Small Business Administration has released the short form application for second-draw Paycheck Protection Program loans.

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