National Newspaper Association Foundation

The National Newspaper Association Foundation (NNAF) is the educational arm of the National Newspaper Association (NNA). Its mission is to promote news literacy, protect the First Amendment, and enhance the quality, role and capabilities of community newspapers and community journalists.

NNAF Washington News Fellows

This year will be the fourth year that our NNAF Washington News Fellows program will bring promising college seniors and juniors who are editors of their college newspapers to our nation's capital for a three-day hands-on training session in how to cover complex national issues from a community perspective. You may have seen their articles in PubAux or on this website.

Students in this year's program will cover an issue of national importance—how to understand the war on terrorism. They will interview Capitol Hill experts and Washington opinion leaders. They will ask how much Americans know about their government, and who is shaping their opinions. Their mission, as in the 2016 program, will be to detect the official spin on stories and help readers to spot the thin lines between fact and opinion. We are excited about this program. As people who care about journalism, we share the concerns of many who wonder how the social media and blogging will affect a nation traditionally trained to trust journalists for their facts. Teaching news literacy is an important mission for newspapers. This new program adds to NNAF's existing educational mission. To learn more about the program, click here.

Newspapers In Education

We also help fund NNAF's Newspapers In Education program in partnership with the Missouri Press Foundation to provide serialized fiction and lesson plans for classroom use through 400 newspapers in 19 states.

How you can help

If you are interested in any of these specific programs or would like further information, please contact Steve Haynes at We hope you will include NNAF in your charitable giving this year. NNAF is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gifts will be fully tax deductible.

Please mail your tax-deductible contribution to: National Newspaper Association Foundation, c/o Carol Pierce, PO Box 5737, Arlington, VA 22205, or call 703-237-9801.

If you would like to donate online to the National Newspaper Association Foundation, click below or contact any of the following individuals:

National Newspaper Association Foundation Trustees (2015-2016)


Jerry Reppert, NNAF President
President, Reppert Publications
Anna, IL

Reed Anfinson, NNAF Vice President
Publisher, Swift County Monitor-News
Benson, MN

William (Bill) Jacobs, NNAF Treasurer
Jacobs Properties
Brookhaven, MS

Robert M. Williams Jr., NNAF Secretary
Pierce County Publishing Co.
Blackshear, GA

Elizabeth (Liz) Parker, NNAF Immediate Past President
New Jersey Hills Media Group
Berardsville, NJ



Larry Atkinson
Bridge City Publishing Inc.
Mobridge, SD

Merle Baranczyk
Arkansas Valley Publishing Inc.
Salida, CO

Allen Beermann
Executive Director
Nebraska Press Association
Lincoln, NE

John Edgecombe Jr.
NNA Immediate Past President
Edgecombe Publishing Inc.
Geneva, NE

R. Jack Fishman
Lakeway Publishers Inc.
Morristown, TN

Steve Haynes
Haynes Publishing Co.
Oberlin, KS

Deborah McCaslin
Broken Bow, NE

William (Bill) Miller Sr.
Missourian Publishing Company
Washington, MO

Will Norton, Jr.
Dean, Meek School of Journalism and New Media
University of Mississippi
University, MS

Kenneth H. Rhoades
Enterprise Publishing Company
Blair, NE

Robert F. Sweeney
Publisher and Editor
Villager Newspapers, Inc.
Greenwood Village, CO

Honorary Trustees

Alan Cruikshank
The Fountain Hills Times
Fountain Hills, AZ

Dr. Edmund Ghareeb
Bethesda, MD


Tonda Rush
NNA CEO & General Counsel
Arlington, VA 

Carol Pierce
American PressWorks
Arlington, VA


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