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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.

National Newspaper Association supports establishment of fallen journalists memorial

June 26, 2019

National Newspaper Association President Andrew Johnson, publisher of the Dodge County Pionier, Mayville, Wisconsin, today threw the support of NNA behind proposed legislation to allow a new memorial in Washington, D.C., for journalists killed in the line of duty.

National Newspaper Association cheers senators for Freedom of Information Act bill

July 24, 2019

A bipartisan team of senators on July 23 introduced a bill to repair a gaping hole created by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that keeps food stamp payments to retailers secret. 

It is time to recognize the journalists who gave their all

July 1, 2019

An editorial by the National Newspaper Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. — World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle died during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945.  In his pocket was a draft of his last column, “On Victory in Europe.” He wrote, “...the companionship of two and a half years of death and misery is a spouse that tolerates no divorce. Such companionship finally becomes a part of one’s soul, and it cannot be obliterated.”

SCOTUS overturns FOIA precedent

June 24, 2019

A June 24 U.S. Supreme Court decision eroded the federal Freedom of Information Act when it ruled in favor of businesses withholding information about the revenues they receive as part of taxpayer-supported programs.

Legislation to permit nonprofit status for newspapers draws NNA support

June 7, 2019

National Newspaper Association today applauded introduction of legislation that would make it easier for publishers to convert their newspapers to nonprofit status if they choose.  The bill, the Saving Local Newspapers Act, by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-CA, would clarify that publishing can be an acceptable purpose under nonprofit tax rules.  It would also allow advertising revenues to support a nonprofit operation without being taxed as unrelated business income.

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.

PROTECT PUBLIC RECORDS ON SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION BENEFIT ASSISTANCE (SNAP)

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?

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