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Tub use plus service scorecard equals delivery success

December 7, 2016

Charles Walls doesn’t have that much time on his hands. After retiring from a career in architecture and construction, he moved back to his hometown of Des Arc, AR, to help his mother, Dean Walls, now 94 with failing eyesight, who continues working at the family newspaper, the White River Journal, which was started by Charles’ grandfather in 1907.


Journalists can help Scouts at the National Jamboree

December 7, 2016

Have you ever wanted to go play in the woods and still be in contact with people doing the same thing as you do? The National Boy Scout Jamboree provides that opportunity. During July 19-28, 2017, in Beckley, WV, you could have the time of your life doing what you love.


Reprieve: Federal court puts a hold on new DOL overtime rule

December 7, 2016

On the eve of the first payrolls governed by changes in the Wage and Hour laws, community newspapers got a reprieve from a harsh new rule dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. A federal court judge in Texas, Amos L. Mazzant III, issued a temporary injunction preventing an increase in the exempt salary threshold from going into effect on Dec. 1.


Despite massive flooding, NC papers print on

December 7, 2016

When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory interrupted a soggy North Carolina State University football game to declare a state of emergency Oct. 8, circumstances got real for residents and businesses in low-lying areas from the coastal plain to the Sandhill region in the south central part of the state.


Marked copy rule change to take effect

November 8, 2016

Many members have written to thank the National Newspaper Association for its work in getting the “marked copy” rule changed for Periodicals mailers. We know quite a few of you are considering whether you want to make the change.

PNRC holds first public notice conference

November 1, 2016

The Public Notice Resource Center’s premier public notice conference packed the room Sept. 22 on the first day of the National Newspaper Association’s Annual Convention in Franklin, TN. The half-day symposium featured panels on best practices, legislative strategy and the importance of publishing public notices on the web, and presentations on design and the state of public notice. The conference was sponsored by Tecnavia, Nevada Legal News and the Illinois Press Association.


NNA works to change marked copy compliance

November 1, 2016

A century-old requirement for newspapers using Periodicals Class Mail began to fade into postal history in October when the National Newspaper Association finished a two-year quest to eliminate marked-copy compliance for Periodicals mail. Instead, newspapers may now opt for a simple annual validation process.


EPA eliminates mandatory notice for Clean Air Act permits

November 1, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it was eliminating the mandatory requirement to provide newspaper notice of permitting and implementation actions under the Clean Air Act. The rule, which will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, requires electronic notice (e-notice) for EPA actions. It also permits e-notice for CAA permits issued by other agencies that implement EPA-approved programs.


1,100 community papers ask for postal reform

November 1, 2016

What happens when 1,100 newspapers speak with one voice to Congress about the need for reliable mail service?


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.

The USPS Spreadsheet and Instructions are at the end of this article.

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