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

Pub Aux Live! Newspaper Sampling

Jul 8, 2021

Join this educational session for a sampling how-to. Our panel of postal experts will answer all your questions.

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Most efficient newspaper and shopper mail could escape the worst of a harsh rate case

Jul 1, 2021

An extreme second rate case this year by new leadership in the Postal Service is bad news all around, if approved as proposed for August 29, 2021. However, if implemented, the most efficient mail would ...

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S 1720 attracts strong roster of bipartisan support

Jul 1, 2021

In June, NNA awaited action on the Postal Service Reform Act, filed as HR 3076 and S 1720.

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A metaphor for the postal institution

Jun 1, 2021

When the Officer in Charge of the Jamesport, Missouri, Post Office noticed some bricks falling from the building last August, he began paying attention to the structure around him. One brick wall had begun ...

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Gaining new subscribers through sampling

Jun 1, 2021

A good way to increase your mail subscriptions is by sending sample copies of your newspaper to non-subscribers letting them see what they’re missing by not regularly reading the paper. Many publishers ...

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HR3076 would allow newspapers 50% sampling

Jun 1, 2021

The PSRA, HR 3076, would provide newspapers a concrete benefit: it would allow more mailing of sample newspapers to nonsubscribers. Presently, publishers are permitted to use sampling for recruitment of ...

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USPS gets new governors

Jun 1, 2021

The USPS Board of Governors acquired new members in May. 

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News of starkly higher postage rates greets American public at start of holiday weekend

May 28, 2021

For community newspapers using Periodicals mail to reach readers, the average rate increase will be nearly 9%. The First-Class Stamp will move from 55 to 58 cents.

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Senate to consider Postal Service Reform Act of 2021

May 20, 2021

The bill is a mirror version of HR 3076 that cleared the House Oversight and Reform Committee earlier this month. It would provide financial relief to the U.S. Postal Service by reforming retiree health ...

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