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Tonda Rush

Tonda Rush is the director of public policy and serves as general counsel to the National Newspaper Association. Email her at tonda@nna.org

'We can do this,' local newspapers tell Health and Human Services

More than 2,500 local newspapers today joined a letter from National Newspaper Association to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra asking to join the agency’s public education campaign ...

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NNA ISSUE BRIEF: Applying for a second PPP loan by locality not allowed if first loan was for entire company

Despite the fact that some group-owned newspapers gained new ability to file for a Paycheck Protection Program loan by locality, publishers that got a first loan as a company may not apply by locality ...

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NNA ISSUE BRIEF: Check on your employee retention tax credits

National Newspaper Association members are reminded that the Employee Retention Credit is available under new terms because of the December 27, 2020, stimulus legislation.

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Copyright — the most common reason newspapers contact the NNA Legal Hotline

A. This is probably the most common legal question for the NNA Legal Hotline and it happened to a member this winter. Here is the usual scenario: Graphics editor was on deadline pressure to fill ...

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Free press wins in Perlman v. Vox Media

In Perlman v. Vox Media, the question was whether a story could live on indefinitely through its links, which would set the stage for lawsuits long after the statute of limitation for the original story ...

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New York legislation would relay recycling fees to businesses and producers of product

Diane Kennedy, New York Newspaper Association’s executive director, on why the legislation is a bad idea.

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NNA adds voice to the call for Congressional action on USPS

Major changes are ahead for the U.S. Postal Service and newspaper mailers, with or without Congressional action on a postal reform plan, but legislative assistance could soften the blows to newspaper mailers. That ...

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National Newspaper Association adds voice to the call for Congressional action on USPS

Wesner’s comments came at the conclusion of DeJoy’s release of the USPS 10-year plan “Delivering for America,” in which multiple changes in USPS’ approach to preserving Universal ...

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National Newspaper Association applauds move to repair FOIA

The Open and Responsive Government Act of 2021, S 742, would fix a hole in FOIA created by the US Supreme Court in 2019 when it allowed retailers to claim confidentiality in how taxpayer-funded food benefits ...

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The Right to Publish — avoiding boycott sanctions

The National Newspaper Association and other media organizations, led by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, prevailed in February in striking down an Arkansas statute that might have penalized ...

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The Right to Publish — FOIA obligations

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 MEMBER ALERT: Monitor ad copy for the Sunday 'Big Game'

It may not be used in promotional or advertising copy without written consent of the NFL. Advertisers who wish to run promotional copy around the Sunday game must use less direct references like the “Big ...

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Section 230: Bringing you up to speed

Courts developed a doctrine that basically said that if an internet provider manipulated, edited or changed content posted by someone, the provider could be making the content their own and then could ...

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NNA MEMBER ALERT: Postage rates increases Jan. 24

NNA members are reminded that USPS rates will increase this coming Sunday. 

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NNA MEMBER ALERT: Community newspaper journalists may qualify as exempt professionals

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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NNA MEMBER ALERT: Caution during Inauguration Week

Law enforcement and intelligence authorities are issuing cautions for public safety during the week ahead as the nation may experience civil unrest, noting that journalists should take extra care.  Among ...

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US Department of Labor clarifies independent contractor rules

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

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

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

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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