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The National Newspaper Association’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance American’s community newspapers. 

NNA needs the support of every community newspaper in order to work closely with policy officials to create a legal and regulatory environment conducive to the growth of community newspapers. 



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.


Public notice

Public notices in newspapers are part of the three-legged stool of government accountability. Public notices help to inform the public on activities by the government and other public entities. Public notices have been included in newspapers from the beginning of the Republic. Now they are also on many newspapers’ websites.

Join the Congressional Action Team

The Congressional Action Team (CAT) is NNA's grassroots team composed of newspaper publishers from across the country who volunteer to contact their Senators and Representatives when legislation affecting community newspapers is introduced or when legislative activity is necessary. CAT members are asked to simply call their members of Congress or write a letter to express their concerns on behalf of community newspapers. All newspaper publishers who are members of the National Newspaper Association may join.






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

Apr 7, 2021

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

Apr 6, 2021

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

Apr 1, 2021

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

Apr 1, 2021

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

Apr 1, 2021

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

Apr 1, 2021

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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Meeting with Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, & National Newspaper Association

Mar 22, 2021

Congressional leaders discuss largest-ever female class in Congress and their priorities for 2021

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National Newspaper Association applauds move to repair FOIA

Mar 17, 2021

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

Mar 1, 2021

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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