Public Policy


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.

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Current issues / legislation

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. 

Public notice

Public notices in newspapers are part of the three-legged stool of government accountability. Public notices help to inform the public on activities by the government and other public entities. Public notices have been included in newspapers from the beginning of the Republic. Now they are also on many newspapers’ websites.

Join the Congressional Action Team

The Congressional Action Team (CAT) is NNA's grassroots team composed of newspaper publishers from across the country who volunteer to contact their Senators and Representatives when legislation affecting community newspapers is introduced or when legislative activity is necessary. CAT members are asked to simply call their members of Congress or write a letter to express their concerns on behalf of community newspapers. All newspaper publishers who are members of the National Newspaper Association may join.


Can I administer drug tests?

October 17, 2014

Q We just hired a 17-year-old photographer to cover local sports. We used to require drug tests, and we’ve kind of gotten away from it. But we’re thinking we probably ought to make him sign a consent form. What do you think?

Is it a contest or a lottery?

August 8, 2014

Q One of my advertisers wants to help out the newspaper by holding a drawing for prizes at his store. Only subscribers to the newspaper would be eligible to win. He would also benefit by bringing in new traffic to his business. It seems like a win/win to me. How do we write this up to make it legal?

Laws on drone use still murky

August 8, 2014

With the prices of sophisticated drones now at roughly the price of an old used car, newspapers are looking longingly at their uses in covering tough-to-reach spots—like hurricane or tornado disaster areas, environmental wastelands and even highway accidents.

U.S. Supreme Court opinions are final—or are they?

July 8, 2014

Another myth dies.

A subpoena can grind your operation to a halt

May 6, 2014

Q   I just got a subpoena. This one is a real fishing expedition. It would take days or even weeks with our small staff to even find the material this lawyer is looking for. Do I have to respond?

Appeals court rules on Net neutrality

February 4, 2014

All content on the Internet does not need to be considered equal according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Tax reform in full swing

December 10, 2013

Despite a deeply divided Congress, efforts are still underway to reform the tax code. Specific legislation has yet to be made public, however the National Newspaper Association is aware of two issues important to newspapers that are currently being considered in Congress: the deductibility of advertising costs and the estate tax.

From what labor laws are newspapers exempt?

December 10, 2013

We have a newspaper with less than 4,000 circulation. Isn’t there a rule that exempts us from some of the labor laws?

National Newspaper Association disappointed with Court's ruling on Valassis NSA

November 15, 2013

National Newspaper Association Robert M. Williams Jr, expressed his disappointment today with a decision by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that affirmed the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) handling of the Valassis postage discounts last year.

8 states restrict credit checks on new hires

November 4, 2013

I have always used credit checks when hiring employees, but have heard that many states are now restricting their use. Is this true?

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