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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.

NNA moves Congressional Action Team Summit one week later in 2020

January 1, 2020

National Newspaper Association is taking the unusual step of moving its Congressional Action Team Summit to new dates in 2020. 
The Summit will now be March 25 to 27, 2020, according to NNA’s Public Policy Director Tonda Rush.

“Because NNA has to make event arrangements well ahead of the final Congressional schedule each session, we sometimes find we have chosen dates that land on a Congressional recess. That is what happened for our next Summit. We are now moving the event to make it one week later than previously announced dates,” Rush said.

Court declines to review cases

November 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court left the newspaper industry with more questions than answers during its first session in October by declining to review two cases that create new challenges for the industry. 

National Newspaper Association supports more flexibility in fluctuating salary rules

November 22, 2019

National Newspaper Association, representing community newspapers across America, has expressed its approval of a proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide employers with additional tools for compensating staff under the fluctuating salary method permitted by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The fluctuating salary method is one way for publishers to allow staff to earn a salary, rather than an hourly rate. The method involves a complex calculation each week of the amount each staffer has worked so a “regular rate” of pay for that week can be established. Hours worked over 40 hours each week are then compensated at an additional 50% of the regular rate.

NNA welcomes moderation in 2020 postage increases

October 10, 2019

The annual increase in postage classes heavily used by newspapers has been revealed by the U.S. Postal Service and National Newspaper Association was pleased that they are relatively moderate, in line with inflation.

NNA president Matt Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, said he thought the overall increases in Periodicals postage would be manageable even with other industry stresses in 2020. The average increase for Within County postage will be just under 1.5% and for Outside County about 1.9%. Both of those rates are within the rate cap set by the Postal Regulatory Commission of 1.9 percent. The first-class stamp will remain at 55 cents, pending resolution in a court appeal from last year’s 5 cent increase.

US Postal Service taken to task for spotty service performance despite rising costs; NNA calls for postal reform from Congress

October 7, 2019

The National Newspaper Association, while meeting for its annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, called for Congress to renew its commitment to postal reform in light of a new report criticizing the Postal Service for steeply rising costs despite spotty service performance. 
 
NNA president Matthew Adelman, publisher of the Douglas (Wyoming) Budget, said NNA members are concerned about a report from the USPS Inspector General that Periodicals are not being delivered on time even though mail processing costs for overtime have risen 43% and delivery overtime costs have risen 26% in the past five years.

Federal government increases overtime salary threshold

September 24, 2019

The annual salary threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act will increase on January 1 to $35,568 from $23,660, the United States Department of Labor announced today.  The announcement officially killed a rule on the books that would have caused minimum salaries would go up to $47,476. That rule that had been put on hold first by court action and then by the Trump administration in 2016.

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.

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