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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.

Let FOIA work for your paper

October 31, 2018

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

NNA asks Congress to kill attack on FOIA

October 5, 2018

In September, the National Newspaper Association asked members of Congress to kill an effort to keep the public from learning about retailer revenues from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs under the Freedom of Information Act.


September 20, 2018

National Newspaper Association President Susan Rowell, publisher of the Lancaster (SC) News, today wrote to the heads of the Senate Conference Committee on the fast-moving “Farm Bill”—HR 2—to urge protection of the Freedom of Information Act records on SNAP benefits.

Unclaimed property public notice under attack

August 26, 2018

Q Is there still a public notice in newspapers for unclaimed property?

Public or private: guidelines for photographers

August 14, 2018

Q--I have a new batch of interns taking photos for the paper. What guidelines can I give them so they don’t get us into trouble?

ITC hears evidence about newsprint tariffs

August 14, 2018

The battle over newsprint tariffs heated up an already-warm July in Washington, as the International Trade Commission took evidence from witnesses in its investigation into alleged unfair trade practices by Canadian paper producers.

DOC lowers tariffs on Candadian paper

August 6, 2018

We made a giant leap forward Thursday in easing the pain of newsprint tariffs. The U.S. Commerce Department today significantly lowered the tariffs that would apply to Canadian paper.

NNA’s Andrew Johnson urges International Trade Commission to cease newsprint tariffs

July 19, 2018

National Newspaper Association President-Elect Andrew S. Johnson, publisher of the Dodge County (WI) Pionier, yesterday told the International Trade Commission that tariffs on Canadian newsprint had inflicted severe damage upon community newspapers. 

Help fight newsprint tariffs

June 25, 2018

Many of you have commented that your readers are concerned about the potential loss of local newspapers because of the newsprint tariff. Indeed, with printing costs up 25%-30% for many newspapers this year, and our insert advertisers also beginning to feel the pinch, we all have good reason to be concerned.

Important guidelines when using interns

June 14, 2018

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

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