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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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