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

NNA announces practical workshop for printers responsible for newspaper mailing

Dec 16, 2015

A hard-hitting educational workshop for printers and publishers that prepare Periodicals newspapers has been announced by the National Newspaper Association for March 16, 2016, in Washington.

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NNA welcomes the support of KS, MO senators in preserving universal mail service

Dec 3, 2015

Legislation to provide the U.S. Postal Service with the ability to continue to restructure without diminishing mail service is critical in the 114th Congress, as a slow economy and electronic diversion ...

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Valassis special postage deal goes out with a whimper

Nov 23, 2015

The long struggle between the newspaper industry and Valassis Inc. over the direct mail company’s special postage discounts from the U.S. Postal Service appears to have ended with a whimper. In November, ...

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Increase circulation with mail sampling, and sell extra advertising as a bonus

Nov 2, 2015

An increase in calls and emails on sampling questions in recent weeks and months caused me to update this topic on the value of sending sample copies to nonsubscribers using your 10 percent in-county “sampling” ...

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New marked copy rules prevent submitting multiple copies if only preprints in editions are different

Sep 29, 2015

A change to Domestic Mail Manual 207.16 effective Sept. 14, 2015, limits the number of marked copies, which must be submitted when there are “multiple editions of a Periodicals publication.” ...

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NNA welcomes strong start on postal reform from Sen. Carper

Sep 17, 2015

WASHINGTON—The National Newspaper Association this week took a big step forward in its decade-long efforts to preserve universal mail service as Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE, introduced the Improving Postal ...

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Delivery problems will be monitored at two weeklies

Sep 8, 2015

The National Newspaper Association Postal Committee in August wrapped up a summer-long project with the U.S. Postal Service to examine and diagnose problems in newspaper delivery that have arisen since ...

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Q & A: 2016 price increases, service deterioration

Sep 8, 2015

Q —How much will postage rates increase in 2016?

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Obtaining refunds for hard copy address changes

Aug 26, 2015

Q. I get multiple copies of the hard-copy Address Change Notice, Form 3579, some months old, at a cost of 59 cents each. Is there any way to get my money back?

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