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

Marked copy elimination signups over 400

Mar 13, 2017

Signups exceed 400 for the Alternate Marked Copy process won by the National Newspaper Association’s Postal Committee on behalf of its members. Not all of those are newspapers, because the creation ...

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Two websites expand postal info available: Postal Explorer updated, Postal Pro created

Feb 6, 2017

The U.S. Postal Service has long provided a website, Postal Explorer at, with an abundance of useful information at the ready for those willing to “explore.” It has been rebuilt ...

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NNA gears up for 2017 postal fight

Jan 5, 2017

The National Newspaper Association will participate throughout 2017 in a major new review of postal rates conducted by the Postal Regulatory Commission.  

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Weight break increases from 3.3 ounces to 4 ounces as Standard Mail renamed ‘Marketing Mail’

Jan 5, 2017

Postal prices have been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission mostly as the U.S. Postal Service proposed and will change effective Jan. 22, 2017. Most of the details were given in the November issue ...

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Requester Periodicals usage growing

Dec 22, 2016

Changes in the business environment for community newspapers have encouraged a growing number of publishers to investigate the Requester Periodicals category that allows a newspaper to qualify for Periodicals ...

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Tub use plus service scorecard equals delivery success

Dec 7, 2016

Charles Walls doesn’t have that much time on his hands. After retiring from a career in architecture and construction, he moved back to his hometown of Des Arc, AR, to help his mother, Dean Walls, ...

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Marked copy rule change to take effect

Nov 8, 2016

Many members have written to thank the National Newspaper Association for its work in getting the “marked copy” rule changed for Periodicals mailers. We know quite a few of you are considering ...

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1,100 community papers ask for postal reform

Nov 1, 2016

What happens when 1,100 newspapers speak with one voice to Congress about the need for reliable mail service?  

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NNA works to change marked copy compliance

Nov 1, 2016

A century-old requirement for newspapers using Periodicals Class Mail began to fade into postal history in October when the National Newspaper Association finished a two-year quest to eliminate marked-copy ...

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