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Public Policy


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. 



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.


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.






FAA proposes drone use regulations

Feb 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 ...

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Can we edit our website’s online comments?

Nov 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 ...

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Can I administer drug tests?

Oct 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 ...

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Laws on drone use still murky

Aug 8, 2014

With the prices of sophisticated drones now at roughly the price of an old used car, newspapers are looking longingly at their uses in covering tough-to-reach spots—like hurricane or tornado disaster ...

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Is it a contest or a lottery?

Aug 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 ...

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A subpoena can grind your operation to a halt

May 6, 2014

Q   I just got a subpoena. This one is a real fishing expedition. It would take days or even weeks with our small staff to even find the material this lawyer is looking for. Do I have to respond?

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Appeals court rules on Net neutrality

Feb 4, 2014

All content on the Internet does not need to be considered equal according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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From what labor laws are newspapers exempt?

Dec 10, 2013

Q  We have a newspaper with less than 4,000 circulation. Isn’t there a rule that exempts us from some of the labor laws?

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