National Newspaper Association

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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 Postal Hotline

National Newspaper Association provides postal consulting services for its members.

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Welch, Rounds lead bipartisan Deliver for Democracy Act to help local news overcome persistent postal delays, surging rate increases

May 22, 2024

The NNA worked extensively with Senator Welch’s staff in developing this bill and numerous improvements we proposed were incorporated into it before it was introduced. The fact that newspaper service ...

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NNA needs your help — letter regarding postage

May 14, 2024

This summer, the Postal Regulatory Commission will review the regulations that permit USPS to require postage increases twice a year.  NNA needs your help.

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Senator Peters secures pause on changes to Iron Mountain Processing and Distribution Center

May 13, 2024

In letter to Peters, Postmaster General DeJoy commits to pausing some USPS facility changes until 2025

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US Senators submit letter to the USPS requesting cease to any further changes under the Delivering for America plan

May 9, 2024

On May 8, 2024, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Michigan), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) ...

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Postal Tips: You don’t have to send marked copies every mailing — here’s how

May 1, 2024

Here’s a brief review of what the Postal Service considers advertising

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Statement of John Galer, chair of the NNA and publisher of The Journal-News, Hillsboro, Illinois

Apr 16, 2024

on behalf of NNA for the Oversight of the USPS Hearing Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

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National Newspaper Association expresses concern over new postal rates slated for July 2024

Apr 11, 2024

The rate increase means newspapers are paying about 50% more for postage than three years ago. 

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Requester Periodical permit could be a valuable tool for building, retaining circulation

Apr 1, 2024

The benefit to the publisher, especially if starting up a new publication, is that circulation can be built quicker than if the publisher has to get paid subscriptions.

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