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(Member login required) Annual readership survey confirms community newspaper readers are voters

August 29, 2019

PENSACOLA, Florida — Newspaper readers are voters, and the National Newspaper Association’s annual readership survey of more than 1,000 people from rural and urban communities across the country once again validated that point. 

National Newspaper Association supports establishment of fallen journalists memorial

June 26, 2019

National Newspaper Association President Andrew Johnson, publisher of the Dodge County Pionier, Mayville, Wisconsin, today threw the support of NNA behind proposed legislation to allow a new memorial in Washington, D.C., for journalists killed in the line of duty.

National Newspaper Association supports more flexibility in fluctuating salary rules

November 22, 2019

National Newspaper Association, representing community newspapers across America, has expressed its approval of a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide employers with additional tools for compensating staff under the fluctuating salary method permitted by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The fluctuating salary method is one way for publishers to allow staff to earn a salary, rather than an hourly rate. The method involves a complex calculation each week of the amount each staffer has worked so a “regular rate” of pay for that week can be established. Hours worked over 40 hours each week are then compensated at an additional 50% of the regular rate.

NNA welcomes moderation in 2020 postage increases

October 10, 2019

The annual increase in postage classes heavily used by newspapers has been revealed by the U.S. Postal Service and National Newspaper Association was pleased that they are relatively moderate, in line with inflation.

NNA president Matt Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, said he thought the overall increases in Periodicals postage would be manageable even with other industry stresses in 2020. The average increase for Within County postage will be just under 1.5% and for Outside County about 1.9%. Both of those rates are within the rate cap set by the Postal Regulatory Commission of 1.9 percent. The first-class stamp will remain at 55 cents, pending resolution in a court appeal from last year’s 5 cent increase.

US Postal Service taken to task for spotty service performance despite rising costs; NNA calls for postal reform from Congress

October 7, 2019

The National Newspaper Association, while meeting for its annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, called for Congress to renew its commitment to postal reform in light of a new report criticizing the Postal Service for steeply rising costs despite spotty service performance. 
 
NNA president Matthew Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, said NNA members are concerned about a report from the USPS Inspector General that Periodicals are not being delivered on time even though mail processing costs for overtime have risen 43% and delivery overtime costs have risen 26% in the past five years.

Federal government increases overtime salary threshold

September 24, 2019

The annual salary threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act will increase on January 1 to $35,568 from $23,660, the United States Department of Labor announced today.  The announcement officially killed a rule on the books that would have caused minimum salaries would go up to $47,476. That rule that had been put on hold first by court action and then by the Trump administration in 2016.

National Newspaper Association cheers senators for Freedom of Information Act bill

July 24, 2019

A bipartisan team of senators on July 23 introduced a bill to repair a gaping hole created by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that keeps food stamp payments to retailers secret. 

NNA to honor distinguished community leader with 2019 McKinney Award

July 8, 2019

PENSACOLA, Florida — Susan Rowell of Lancaster, South Carolina, will be honored during the National Newspaper Association’s 133rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she will be presented with the Emma C. McKinney Award at the association’s business breakfast on Oct. 5, 2019.

NNA to honor distinguished community leader with 2019 Amos Award

July 8, 2019

PENSACOLA, Florida — Reed Anfinson, publisher and owner of the Swift County Monitor-News in Benson, Minnesota, and the Grant County Herald in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, and partner in Quinco Press, Inc., a central printing plant that prints 36 publications, will be presented with the James O. Amos Award on Oct. 5, 2019, during the National Newspaper Association’s 133rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Deadline for website redesign bids extended to July 19

July 3, 2019

The National Newspaper Association is seeking an experienced web design and development firm to assist in transforming www.nnaweb.org into a simple-to-use information hub for members, member prospects and the newspaper industry at large.

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