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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.

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NNA comments on Interior FOIA rules

January 31, 2019

The US Department of Interior should make it easy for any citizen to request open records, National Newspaper Association said this week.  NNA joined 39 other news organizations in opposition of the Interior Department’s new proposed Freedom of Information Act rule.

NNA works to have weeklies included in publication rule

December 27, 2018

Keeping notices in newspapers about agricultural job opportunities is important for U.S. workers, the National Newspaper Association told the U.S. Department of Labor in December.

Congress stays out of FOIA fray

December 27, 2018

Congress declined to intervene in a Freedom of Information Act dispute between a South Dakota newspaper and the grocery industry in December when the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act—the farm bill—cleared the House and Senate without an FOIA amendment to exempt grocers’ data.

Let FOIA work for your paper

October 31, 2018

Q Does the federal Freedom of Information Act still work? How can I use it?

What is in store for newspapers in 2018?

February 12, 2018

Q--So what is new in Washington and how will our newspapers be affected?

Important National Debate on Tax Reform Preserves Advertising Expense Deduction—So Far

November 2, 2017

An important national debate on reform of the federal tax code was initiated today by House of Representatives leadership. It appears that the first versions of the bill recognize the critical importance of encouraging economic growth through advertising, according to National Newspaper Association President Susan Rowell, publisher of the Lancaster News, Lancaster, SC.  But she warns that the debate has just begun and taxes on advertising are still possible.

House passes comp time bill, Senate now has the action

June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—Newspaper staffs might soon acquire the ability to earn comp time from those late nights covering elections and waiting for the winning touchdown at a high school game.

 

NNA members bring newspaper issues to Capitol Hill

April 12, 2017

More than 100 newspaper executives and college journalists descended upon Washington in March during a cold snap that froze the budding cherry trees that kept publishers inside, addressing members of Congress on key industry issues.

 

New administration brings new laws and challenges

March 13, 2017

The arrival of the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, and the 115th Congress brings the potential of many legal changes for community newspapers. Here are just a few.

 

No enforcement likely for now on overtime rule

January 5, 2017

About the new overtime rule: Has regular play ended and we are now in overtime, or is the game over? That question was on the minds of many publishers in November when U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant blocked implementation of the Dec. 1 start date for new Obama administration rules that would have doubled the salary threshold for employees to be ineligible for overtime pay.

 

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