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.


Newspapers should be wary of marijuana advertising

December 19, 2015

Q. What about running ads for marijuana shops in states where that product is now legal to sell?

Newspapers alarmed about overtime revisions

August 1, 2015

Newsrooms already struggling to cover their communities with smaller staffs and increasing demands reacted with alarm in July when the U.S. Department of Labor announced a sweeping revision to the overtime rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

How to spend your summer vacation

July 6, 2015

The hot days of late July and early August are when members of Congress visit home base to test the temperature of the political climate and hear constituents’ concerns. This first year in a congressional session is the best time to discuss serious issues. Next year, elections will be running at full throttle.

U.S. House votes to repeal estate tax

June 1, 2015

After 10 years of attempts and compromises, the U.S. House has passed legislation to fully repeal the federal estate tax.

NNA gathers to fight ad tax

April 2, 2015

Newspaper executives from 24 states descended upon Capitol Hill in March to push back against proposals to tax advertising at the federal level by denying full expense deductions to advertisers.

FAA proposes drone use regulations

February 26, 2015

Newspapers hoping to use drones to photograph crop disasters, floods and even accidents received long-awaited guidance in February from the Federal Aviation Administration in the form of proposed rules that still might not become final until 2017.

Ad tax threat brings publishers to Washington

February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The looming threat of a federal advertising tax—proposed in the form of denying newspaper advertisers the right to fully deduct expenses—is bringing newspaper publishers to Washington March 19 to convince Congress that the tax would weaken local economies.

Can we edit our website’s online comments?

November 3, 2014

Q The comments feature on our website has certainly brought out the crazies in the community. We thought we were inviting civil discussion, but instead we’re getting profanity and name-calling. We’re thinking of taking it down entirely, but we do want to encourage debate. Can we edit these so we don’t offend our readers?

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?

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