Current Issues / Legislation

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.

National Newspaper Association Urges Support for the PRINT Act to Save Newsprint Supplies for Community Newspapers

June 9, 2018

Legislation to hit the brakes on damaging trade sanctions against newsprint was introduced this week in the US House of Representatives by a bi-partisan coalition led by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD, and Rep. Charlie Crist, D-FL. The PRINT Act, HR 6031, would suspend tariffs now being collected on Canadian paper until the Department of Commerce completed a study on the capability of the US newspaper industry to absorb the hits.

The Case Against Trade Sanctions in the North American Newsprint Market

May 9, 2018

  1. Why is this issue current?
  2. On August 29, 2017, a petition by a single newsprint mill in Longview, WA, to the Department of Commerce resulted in an investigation of Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper (UGW) to determine whether paper production was subsidized and/or shipments were being “dumped” into the US.

Keep the Newsprint Coming to Community Newspapers: An Action Plan

March 26, 2018

Educate yourself and your staff first about newsprint tariffs.

Important guidelines when using interns

June 14, 2018

If there are interns in the newsroom, it must be summer.

Survey: Tariff is a direct threat to newspapers’ viability

June 14, 2018

Community newspaper publishers across the country widely expect higher production prices and newsprint shortages this summer because of the tariffs on Canadian newsprint in effect since January.

How to mitigate increased newsprint costs

June 14, 2018

Newspaper publishers and owners across the country are wondering what moves they can make to remain financially viable if the preliminary newsprint tariffs become permanent.

Bill introduced to suspend newsprint tariffs

May 16, 2018

Speaking on behalf of the NNA Board of Directors, I am writing to assure you that we know the devastating impacts of increased printing costs from the US tariffs on Canadian newsprint are hammering you like a Category 5 hurricane.

ITC to hear newsprint tariff testimony in July

May 4, 2018

July 17, 2018, will be the critical date for the Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers Coalition, as it tries to roll back tariffs imposed upon Canadian newsprint shipments into the U.S.

Newsprint tariff proposals a threat to U.S. newspapers

March 23, 2018

You know how serious a threat to newsprint is.  We need a large industry response to the tariff proposals that I wrote to you about earlier.

Coalition forms to battle newsprint tariffs

March 19, 2018

Attached to this note is an announcement about a new coalition to battle back against the newsprint tariffs. If you saw my statement last week about the anti-dumping duties imposed as a result of the NORPAC complaint at Department of Commerce, you already know how concerned our industry is. The total impact of preliminary tariffs so far is about 32 percent.

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