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

As 2023 drew to a close ...

Jan 1, 2024

Waiting for invoice payments to show up in your mailbox … and waiting … and waiting? There might be a reason for that, and it isn’t because your customers are suddenly slow–payers.

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Industry groups create scholarship honoring Tonda Rush

Dec 1, 2023

Rush became NNA’s Chief Executive Officer in 1992 when NNA had a staff of 20 in Washington, D.C. 

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Max Heath Postal Institute™ awards newspaper professionals with Periodicals certification

Dec 1, 2023

Newspaper professionals attended hours of Periodicals training with the NNA Postal Team and hosts, tested their knowledge and earned Max Heath Postal Institute™ gold and platinum certifications. 

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New Illinois law mandates marketers disclosure affiliations

Dec 1, 2023

It requires, among other things, anyone sending a letter or postcard asking a consumer to contact the sender “by mail, telephone, email, website or other prescribed means” and offering products ...

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Postal losses continue despite sharp postage increases

Dec 1, 2023

The U.S. Postal Service posted a $6.5 billion loss in fiscal year 2023. 

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The end is near ... Are you ready to file postage statements digitally?

Dec 1, 2023

Emailing hard-copy statements, scans or PDFs of statements will not be acceptable. The new process will require publishers to enter data directly into USPS’ PostalOne system.

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Understanding Periodicals Vol 2 Lesson 7: Who is Minding the Store

Nov 9, 2023

Sometimes USPS likes to see itself as a corporation and sometimes as a government agency. How do its operating rules function and who oversees them? What can you expect if you write to a member of Congress ...

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Do it now!

Nov 1, 2023

We’ve been submitting our mailing statements electronically for several years now, but if our newspaper was still using hard copy forms, here’s how I would make the change.

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Understanding Periodicals Vol 2 Lesson 6: Mail Preparation & Addressing

Oct 26, 2023

In Understanding Periodicals Lesson VI: Mail Preparation & Addressing, we will cover address components, placement, etc.

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