NNA works daily on postal issues that affect community newspapers. Its goals are to achieve fair rates, efficient service and a level competitive playing field between newspapers and direct mail competitors.

NNA represents community newspapers:

  • On the Postal Service’s Mailers Technical Advisory Committee

  • Before the Postal Regulatory Commission

  • With the House Oversight and Government Committee

  • The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

Some of NNA’s achievements include:

  • Preserving the lowest commercial postage rate in the system—the Within County privilege—for community newspapers for more than 120 years

  • Gaining a new 5 percent discount for Outside County postage for total mailings of under 5,000 copies when a paper has the Within County privilege

  • Making sure a newspaper does not lose the privilege just because a postal carrier’s route wanders outside a county line

  • Gaining an extension for the requirement to shift to a new Intelligent Mail Barcode for automation discounts

  • Preserving next-day or better service standards for periodicals entered at local post offices or mail distribution facilities

NNA makes postal reform a legislative priority

August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON—Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, left Congress on June 30 to become a Fox News commentator. The chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and primary sponsor of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 had drawn headlines for suggesting a $2,500 housing allowance for members of Congress, whose annual salary is $174,000. Chaffetz was known as one of several representatives who slept on the couches in their offices rather than rent an apartment.

NNA seeks USPS delivery reports

August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON—A quest for information about the speed of rural mail delivery continues without firm resolution, National Newspaper Association Postal Committee Chair Max Heath said.

Postal reform remains a top priority

August 18, 2017

It may seem as postal reform is on our minds in our Washington office all day, every day. That is pretty much true. We have to keep talking about it! Congress is balking at getting the job done, and the National Newspaper Association is aware that big consequences loom unless we can change the course and pass HR 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017. We are facing more service cuts and possibly major postage increases.

Threatened with permit revocation: 75% Ad Rule

July 11, 2017

There’s been an uptick in recent years of newspapers found in violation of the 75 percent advertising rule, which prohibits Periodicals from running more than 75 percent advertising percentage in more than half the issues in a 12-month period.


Grow circulation with mail sampling, and sell extra advertising as a bonus

June 12, 2017

I continue to get calls and emails on sampling nonsubscribers. This rewrite will attempt to draw a sharper line between the two confusing rules that govern nonsubscriber copy mailing.


USPS changes uncertain with this Congress

June 12, 2017

Newspapers that are dependent upon the mail, will enter into the summer session of Congress with many unanswered questions about the near future of Periodicals Class Mail.


Periodicals postage advertising standards, measurement

May 3, 2017

With the advent of the new Marked Copy Alternate Process, some corollary questions about advertising and non-advertising measurement have arisen.


20% non-advertising content difference necessary to create a separate publication

April 12, 2017

Postal hotline Q & A


NNA seeks to keep cap on postage rates

April 12, 2017

Keep an inflation cap on postage, the National Newspaper Association argued to the Postal Regulatory Commission in March.


Postal reform legislation goes forward in House

April 12, 2017

A faint minority of voice votes opposed to the U.S. Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 failed to stall the bill March 16, as members of the National Newspaper Association monitored the actions of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from within the hearing room.


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