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Public Policy


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. To join, email






US Census commodity flow survey sent to some newspapers

Apr 22, 2022

MEMBER ALERT ⁠— The U.S. Census has recently sent letters and/or electronic messages to a number of newspapers requiring answers to the periodic Commodity Flow Survey, a tool that Census uses to ...

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Newspaper mailers not saved from dramatic postage increases by postal reform

Apr 6, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service today announced it would hike Periodicals postage rates an average of 8.5% for Periodicals on July 10, 2022, disappointing publishers who expected passage of the Postal Service ...

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Newspaper promotions at Within-County mailing rate can begin

Apr 6, 2022

President Joe Biden today signed the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, which implements reforms of federal employee benefit programs and shaves more than $50 billion off the USPS balance sheet. It also ...

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Congress passes Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, but ‘our work is not done’

Apr 1, 2022

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia — The National Newspaper Association capped a decade-and-a-half legislative campaign in March when Congress passed the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022.

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Higher salary threshold for exempt employees on the horizon again

Apr 1, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Department of Labor is expected to propose a higher salary threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Newspaper readers are voters; voters ‘hungry’ for ‘professional integrity’

Mar 28, 2022

In monitoring current events and political updates, community newspapers continue to grow in trustworthiness (7.38/10) and newspaper readers are voters (96%), Susquehanna Polling and Research Inc. found ...

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NNA/NNAF Readership Survey 2022 (members only)

Mar 28, 2022

The survey of 1,000 adults from rural and urban communities across the U.S. conducted for the National Newspaper Association and NNA Foundation of Pensacola, Florida, voting habits, news consumption, opinion ...

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Set virtual meetings with your Congressional delegations March 15-17

Mar 17, 2022

The CAT Summit is NNA’s premier public policy event of the year. Share your views and newspaper industry positions with Capitol Hill and key policymakers. 

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Congress passes long-awaited postal reform legislation

Mar 8, 2022

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, HR 3076, cleared the U.S. Senate today, sending legislation to President Biden that would give the U.S. Postal Service relief from a 16-year-old requirement to fund ...

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