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Relief from weekly/daily filing of 'Marked Copy for Advertising' with U.S. Postal Service granted to newspaper mailers

October 20, 2016

Circulation departments could reclaim a couple of valuable hours each week now by opting into a new process for verifying the advertising content of their mail with the U.S. Postal Service, the National Newspaper Association announced this week. Current postal rules require Periodicals publications to supply USPS with a copy of each edition of each issue whenever they present the mailings. The copies must be marked by hand to indicate the paid advertising percentage, which is mailed at a higher postage rate than news content. The requirement was instituted by a 19th century Congress and carried forth into today’s highly digital world, where the hand-markings and submission have slowed processes for both publishers and postmasters.

Are you ready? New rules are about to hammer your payroll

September 28, 2016

This webinar on the change to the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act is free to National Newspaper Association member newspapers. The new rule governing overtime pay for employees will create disruption at small newspapers and will likely lead to more job cutbacks. The new rule is set to go into effect this December.

Newspaper industry's special week is this week

September 28, 2016

Oct. 2-8, is the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, an annual observance celebrating and emphasizing the importance of newspapers to communities.

Publisher confidence survey

September 28, 2016

The Annual Publisher Confidence Survey is available for participation from newspaper owners and executives. The Survey asks eleven questions that provide direct feedback from publishers on revenue, profit, and other current trends in the publishing industry.
The Survey takes only a few minutes to complete, and results are provided immediately so publishers can see how others are responding. 
To take the Publisher Confidence Survey click here.

Converting to Requester Periodicals: Part II

September 8, 2016

Last month, I covered the basics of Requester qualification. This month, I want to share ways to get and keep requests, and answer some questions posed by others on the recent National Newspaper Association webinar.


Extravaganza entertainment sure to stir memories

September 8, 2016

As part of the National Newspaper Association’s 130th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Franklin, TN, members will be visiting The Factory during the Extravaganza. The NNA Convention Committee has lined up some spectacular entertainment for the event.


Public notice in the spotlight at NNA convention

September 8, 2016

What can community newspaper publishers do to help the newspaper industry maintain its traditional position as the herald of public notice? That question will drive the programming at a special conference on public notice Sept. 22, in conjunction with NNA’s 130th annual convention at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. The half-day conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4:15 p.m., immediately before the welcome reception that opens the NNA convention.


Congress races to wrap up unfinished business

September 8, 2016

A sprint to the finish line in the 114th Congress, with contestants racing not only to wrap up unfinished business but to get home for fall campaigns, could include stops to deal with postal reform and changes in new federal overtime laws. Or not.


We count on the mail

August 3, 2016

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?)

Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow.

NNA endorses common-sense overtime bill by House Democrats

July 14, 2016

The National Newspaper Association today applauded a proposal by four House Democrats to phase in an increase in the threshold salary requirements for overtime-exempt employees.

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