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 welcomes light shined on newspaper delivery woes

Jan 4, 2021

NNA Chair Brett Wesner, president of Wesner Publications in Cordell, Oklahoma, today expressed his thanks to the Washington Post and its postal beat expert Jacob Bogage for a revealing look at the problems ...

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There is no good reason to allow USPS to falter

Apr 14, 2020

Hold Congress accountable, newspaper people! There is no good reason to allow USPS to falter.

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NNA Postal Hotline

National Newspaper Association provides postal consulting services for its members.

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Our job now is to make newspaper mail more visible and efficient

Dec 1, 2021

We are working on a series of case studies using specific newspapers, subscriber lists and mail prep reports as our homework. The goal is to improve their specific service, but more importantly to diagnose ...

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NNA Members: Budget in 2022 for July/August postage increase; in 2023, two increases

Nov 4, 2021

Following a week of meetings and consultations with USPS pricing officials, NNA believes the Postal Service intends to continue its pattern of using the “rate authority” provided by the Postal ...

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What we can do to help our out-of-town subscribers receive the print edition faster

Nov 1, 2021

Our circulation people hear it all the time: “I haven’t gotten my newspaper for three weeks.” “I got two editions the same day.” “Some weeks it takes three days; sometimes ...

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Cut the Address Change Cord

Oct 21, 2021

A presentation by USPS National Customer and Support Center in Memphis ⁠— recording available to NNA members. 

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Prominent community newspaper publishers comment to House Subcommittee about impact on newspaper readers from failures in mail delivery

Oct 15, 2021

Chicago publisher Dorothy R. Leavell and central Illinois publisher John Galer advised the House Subcommittee on Government Operations today that delayed mail delivery is costing newspapers time, money ...

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Is the mail still the best distribution option for community newspapers?

Oct 1, 2021

The past 18 months have not been happy ones for the U.S. Postal Service and its customers. Delivery service, particularly for out-of-county newspapers, has been alternating between mediocre and outright ...

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