October 27, 2016
Leading community newspapers are featured in a new virtual exhibition by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The exhibition, “America’s Mailing Industry,” was launched in a reception at the museum Sept. 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, IL—Judging results have been processed and winners of the National Newspaper Association 2016 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest have been posted online at www.nnaweb.org/contests.
May 9, 2016
Allen Webster Hawkins, 90, a 57-year resident of Osawatomie, KS, died April 8, 2016. He had recently been in declining health. He was a noted former Kansas newspaper editor-publisher and community leader. Hawkins, who preferred to be called by his nickname, Web, was born Dec. 15, 1925, at Advance, MO, a son of Arthur C. Hawkins and Winness McNeely Hawkins. He attended grade school in Advance and graduated in 1943 from Flat River High School in Flat River, MO.
May 9, 2016
John M. Galer, publisher of the Journal-News in Hillsboro, IL, has been appointed Region 4 director for the National Newspaper Association by NNA President Chip Hutcheson. Region 4 comprises Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.