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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. To join, email






New sampling rules in effect May 27

Jun 1, 2022

New sampling rules for Within County newspapers became effective May 27. Congress passed a change in the allowance for nonsubscribers to receive newspapers with the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. President ...

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Citizens key to saving community newspapers

Aug 1, 2022

We’ve lost 60% of America’s journalists, those who keep an eye on government and tell the stories of our communities. More than 70 million Americans live in communities without a newspaper ...

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HR 3625, the Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act, left hanging — aims to get Congress to give back promised payroll tax credits as result of COVID-19 CARES Act

Aug 1, 2022

Businesses that had lost at least 20% of quarterly gross revenue year over year as a result of government shutdowns were eligible for refundable tax credits for as much as $26,000 per employee. 

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Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, S 673, would end unfair free ride

Aug 1, 2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected this summer to take up the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, S 673, which would give local newspapers and broadcasters a four-year safe haven from ...

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OP-ED for your consideration; JCPA comes up for key vote next week

Jul 15, 2022

NNA offers an editorial on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act tailored to community newspapers for your consideration.

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USPS may override audit bureau findings for requester newspapers

Jul 8, 2022

NNA members publishing requester newspapers are advised that USPS issued a new rule today giving itself the power to revoke an audit bureau’s authority to validate requesters if USPS finds the bureau’s ...

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Supreme Court rules private lawsuits against federal agents violating first amendment rights not allowed

Jul 1, 2022

In Egbert v. Boule, Justice Clarence Thomas authored an opinion that a bed-and-breakfast inn owner could not sue  ... 

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The Open Courts Act, S 2614, would eliminate fees to the public charged by the federal courts’ Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system

Jul 1, 2022

Community newspapers are awaiting consideration of the Open Courts Act, S 2614, to eliminate fees to the public charged by the federal courts’ Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The ...

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US Court of Appeals rules against news organizations

Jul 1, 2022

Boycotts are not protected First Amendment speech if a state wants to restrict participation as a condition of doing business with the state, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled at the ...

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