National Newspaper Association

Protecting, Promoting and Enhancing Community Newspapers Since 1885

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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

NNA Postal Hotline

National Newspaper Association provides postal consulting services for its members.

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Understanding Periodicals VII: Governing the Nation's Monopoly Mail Service — Who is in Charge?

Nov 3, 2022

Influencing USPS has been NNA's work since its founding in 1885. But the Postal Service is a massive institution and Periodicals mail is a shrinking fraction of its delivery responsibilities. Sometimes ...

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USPS delivery network changes might affect you

Nov 1, 2022

There are a lot of changes coming at USPS, and not just to rates. Starting this summer, we were made aware of changes coming in some larger metro areas involving consolidating carrier routes into large ...

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Newspapers Periodical postage rates to rise dramatically in 2023

Oct 7, 2022

Local newspaper publishers entering their subscribers’ newspapers at local post offices will see an average 7.6% increase in postage rates in January 2023. The increase was announced today by the ...

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Congratulations to graduating classes of the Max Heath Postal Institute™

Oct 1, 2022

Congratulations to the fall graduating classes of the Max Heath Postal Institute™.  Newspaper professionals listed below completed training courses and certification testing. 

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Marketing mail accounts for 57% of US household mail, US Postal Service study says

Oct 1, 2022

Households in the U.S received 104.2 billion pieces of mail last year, but sent out only 7.1 billion pieces, according to the recently released Household Mail Study by the U.S. Postal Service.

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Protect your mailing permit

Oct 1, 2022

The postal team at NNA recently got a question from a member asking what specific postal regulatory violations would trigger the revocation of a Periodicals permit. We thought other members might benefit ...

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USPS emphasizes role in delivering packages, pushes ahead with sorting center

Oct 1, 2022

Publishers will find their ability to drop mail at local post offices curtailed. Instead, they will be required to bring their mail to a new Sorting and Distribution Center in Athens, Georgia.

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FAQs RE: ISSN project with NNA and Library of Congress U.S. ISSN Center

Sep 19, 2022

We have been getting a lot of questions regarding the National Newspaper Association's project with the Library of Congress U.S. ISSN Center to ensure all newspapers are defined as eligible newspaper participants ...

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