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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.






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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MEMBER ALERT: Second draw PPP loans open

Jan 8, 2021

The Small Business Administration has completed the rules for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program Loans.

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NNA MEMBER ALERT: IRS issues new rule allowing deductible expenses under PPP

Jan 7, 2021

The IRS’ new guidance repealed its interpretation from May 2020 that disallowed the deductions. Its new rule was forced by an act of Congress in the December stimulus bill, where Congress reiterated ...

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Cloud servers subject to federal agent probing without notice

Jan 6, 2021

Journalists need confidentiality for news sources and materials when their documents are stored on the cloud, NNA and other media groups told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in December.

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First Amendment win in Massachusetts — US Court of Appeals ruled press not subject to anti-recording laws

Jan 5, 2021

The National Newspaper Association and a broad alliance of media organizations won one for the First Amendment in Massachusetts in December as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled ... 

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