Public Policy


NNA works daily on postal issues that affect community newspapers. Its goals are to achieve fair rates, efficient service and a level competitive playing field between newspapers and direct mail competitors.

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The National Newspaper Association’s mission is to protect, promote and enhance American’s community newspapers. NNA needs the support of every community newspaper in order to work closely with policy officials to create a legal and regulatory environment conducive to the growth of community newspapers. 

Public notice

Public notices in newspapers are part of the three-legged stool of government accountability. Public notices help to inform the public on activities by the government and other public entities. Public notices have been included in newspapers from the beginning of the Republic. Now they are also on many newspapers’ websites.

Join the Congressional Action Team

The Congressional Action Team (CAT) is NNA's grassroots team composed of newspaper publishers from across the country who volunteer to contact their Senators and Representatives when legislation affecting community newspapers is introduced or when legislative activity is necessary. CAT members are asked to simply call their members of Congress or write a letter to express their concerns on behalf of community newspapers. All newspaper publishers who are members of the National Newspaper Association may join.

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.


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.

FOIA reform bill set to become law

July 6, 2016

Generally speaking, public policy in Washington is a game of inches. Move the ball forward a little, consolidate your gains, and then do it again. Keep pushing your agenda until you eventually reach the goal line.


New FLSA fluctuating option explained

May 9, 2016

Q Our company is looking at our alternatives if the new Fair Labor Standards rules for exempt employees go into effect. We are hearing we may be able to put some people on a salary basis under a “fluctuating” workweek rule. Our newsroom people definitely have fluctuating workweeks, and we are reluctant to have them all on hourly rates because some will have very meager paychecks during slow weeks. Can you explain this “fluctuating” option?


Newspapers should be wary of marijuana advertising

December 19, 2015

Q. What about running ads for marijuana shops in states where that product is now legal to sell?

Newspapers alarmed about overtime revisions

August 1, 2015

Newsrooms already struggling to cover their communities with smaller staffs and increasing demands reacted with alarm in July when the U.S. Department of Labor announced a sweeping revision to the overtime rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

How to spend your summer vacation

July 6, 2015

The hot days of late July and early August are when members of Congress visit home base to test the temperature of the political climate and hear constituents’ concerns. This first year in a congressional session is the best time to discuss serious issues. Next year, elections will be running at full throttle.

U.S. House votes to repeal estate tax

June 1, 2015

After 10 years of attempts and compromises, the U.S. House has passed legislation to fully repeal the federal estate tax.

NNA gathers to fight ad tax

April 2, 2015

Newspaper executives from 24 states descended upon Capitol Hill in March to push back against proposals to tax advertising at the federal level by denying full expense deductions to advertisers.

FAA proposes drone use regulations

February 26, 2015

Newspapers hoping to use drones to photograph crop disasters, floods and even accidents received long-awaited guidance in February from the Federal Aviation Administration in the form of proposed rules that still might not become final until 2017.

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