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

Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) payment for postage ends; Inactive permit holders must act by Sept 30

Aug 27, 2021

For Periodicals, permits for users still on CAPS were targeted to be marked inactive on August 15 if payment systems had not migrated. Newspapers with inactive permits have until September 30 to contact ...

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NNAF establishes Max Heath Postal Institute

Aug 26, 2021

The Max Heath Postal Institute becomes the new umbrella to train newspapers and printers for best uses of the mail in a rapidly-changing postal environment.

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Postage rate increase will go into effect Aug. 29, Court says

Aug 25, 2021

The Court simply issued a statement that the petition was denied, without providing any reasoning for the decision. 

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PRC grants USPS deregulation of PO Box pricing

Aug 1, 2021

The Postal Regulatory Commission has allowed USPS to deregulate prices for PO Boxes in locations where a competitor is available within 5 miles of a post office. The deregulation will allow USPS to set ...

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Promote gift subscriptions to grow circulation with sampling

Aug 1, 2021

Now is the time to start promoting gift subscriptions. People will start their holiday–to–buy lists in the coming months, so get in front of them now.

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National Newspaper Association mourns the passing of postal guru Max Heath

Jul 28, 2021

The death of NNA’s Postal Chair Emeritus Max Heath, Shelbyville, Kentucky, on July 28 set off a period of mourning across the community newspaper industry.

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National Newspaper Association, News Media Alliance and others ask court to intervene to stop Aug. 29 postage rate increase

Jul 26, 2021

A coalition of organizations representing commercial and nonprofit users of the mail on Friday petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to issue a stay preventing the U.S. ...

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Slower, more expensive mail in store for the US

Jul 21, 2021

NNA has warned for a decade that without action by Congress, this decline could become almost impossible to stop. We reiterate that call now to our Members of Congress.

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