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The mission of the National Newspaper Association is to protect, promote and enhance America's community newspapers.

Sunshine Week 2013 launches with new website, renewed partnerships for open government

February 1, 2013

The National Newspaper Association has signed on to participate in Sunshine Week, which is set for March 10-16. There are already plans across the country for events spotlighting open government, for special news reporting and for the release of freedom of information studies.

Why NNA?

Newspapers (non-daily and daily), college, online, nonprofit, church and neighborhood newspapers with 25 percent local news content are eligible for NNA membership. Both free and paid circulation publications are eligible for NNA membership, and dues are calculated upon a combination of free and paid circulation.

About the National Newspaper Association

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the owners, publishers and editors of America's community newspapers. NNA's mission is to protect, promote and enhance America's community newspapers. Today, NNA's 2,200 members make it the largest national newspaper association.

NNA Board of Directors

The National Newspaper Association is governed by a Board of directors elected by the Association's membership at the business meeting held during the annual convention.Directors represents 11 regions of the country, related organizations and at-large interests of community newspapers

National Newspaper Association History

Established in 1885, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing the owners, publishers and editors of America's community newspapers. 

NNA: The Early Years

The National Newspaper Association (NNA) was founded as the National Editorial Association (NEA) on Feb. 19, 1885 in New Orleans. Fifty newspaper men and two women answered the call of Benjamin Briggs Herbert, publisher of the Red Wing (MN) Advance-Republican, to form a non-profit association to promote the common interests of newspapers.

About Community Newspapers

America’s community newspapers began in Boston on Sept. 25, 1690 with the publication of Publick Occurrences: Both Foreign and Domestic by Benjamin Harris.Since those early days, there have been thousands of community newspapers published throughout the United States.

NNA History Posters

As part of NNA's 125th anniversary celebration, we have created 12 posters showing the highlights of NNA's history since its founding in 1885. These posters are now available as PDF files.

National Newspaper Association Headquarters

The National Newspaper Association operates out of two offices, with Administration in Falls Church, VA, and Operations in Columbia, MO. Here is information about NNA staff.

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