National Newspaper Association

Protecting, Promoting and Enhancing Community Newspapers Since 1885

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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

Leeway to cost recovery is narrow

Aug 1, 2023

For weekly newspapers in particular, whose subscription prices tend to be locked in a year at a time, the leeway to recover the additional cost through subscriptions is narrow. Publishers operating printing ...

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Marketing Mail rates soar for heavier pieces

Aug 1, 2023

Because the rate tables were not released until a few days before my deadline for the July issue of Pub Aux, I did not have a chance to analyze the changes in Marketing Mail rates. The bottom line is that ...

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Newspaper professionals earn Max Heath Postal Institute™ Periodicals certification

Aug 1, 2023

Newspaper professionals attended hours of Periodicals training with the NNA Postal Team and hosts, tested their knowledge and earned Bronze and Silver certifications ... 

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Understanding Periodicals Vol 2 Session 4: Privileges to Help Publishers

Jul 6, 2023

... the value of your Periodicals permit, how your permit can add to your advertising offerings and using the privileges to build circulation. 

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Rates rise again in July; Here’s the break down

Jul 1, 2023

As you undoubtedly know, the next postal rate increase takes effect July 9, unless some problem on the Postal Service’s end delays implementation.

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Understanding Periodicals Vol 2 Lesson 3: Things You Never Knew

Jun 8, 2023

The second season of the Max Heath Postal Institute™ course on newspaper mail resumes June 8 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT. 

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House Oversight hearing leaves Delivering for America plan on track for now

Jun 1, 2023

The House Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce held a hearing in May on the Delivering for America Plan. The proceeding was narrow in scope with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy ...

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How to get help from USPS

Jun 1, 2023

Perhaps the most common issue is the issue of slow service to a subscriber or group of subscribers. There was a time when you could get your local post office to put what was called a publication watch ...

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National Newspaper Association criticizes relentless postage rate increases

May 30, 2023

A House Committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service today received a statement from the National Newspaper Association and others in a broad coalition of mailing and package shipping groups that criticizes ...

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