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

MEMBER ALERT: NNA is assured overnight newspapers will be unaffected by new letter carrier rules

Aug 3, 2020

Williams said in response to a letter last week by Adelman to Williams and the new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: “This test will not affect the service standard or the service performance for ...

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USPS’ Expedited to Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS) threatens newspaper delivery delays

Jul 29, 2020

The ESAS policy requires carriers to go directly onto their routes rather than sorting mail in the mornings. 

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Postal Q & A: Subscriptions in arrears, sacks vs. trays, etc.

Jul 29, 2020

“Copies may be mailed at the prices that apply to subscriber copies for 6 months after a subscription has expired if the publisher makes a good-faith attempt to obtain payment or a promise of payment ...

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Unconfirmed list of affected post offices

Jul 23, 2020

Re: USPS experiments with new city carrier sorting priorities. 

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MEMBER ALERT: USPS experiments with new city carrier sorting priorities

Jul 22, 2020

Publishers and circulation directors are being told by some postmasters in the program that newspaper bundles will be held for afternoon sortation rather than being worked for delivery in the morning.

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NNA Issue Brief ⁠— past-due subscribers get an extension from USPS

Jul 2, 2020

USPS is recognizing the difficulty of invoicing and collecting from subscribers during the pandemic. The extension will provide publishers more time to keep these subscribers on the paid list.

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US Postal Service to discount Every Door Direct Mail pieces at the retail counter beginning August 1

Jul 1, 2020

The reduction affects only mail brought to the post office counter, not the bulk mail entries typically used by newspapers for saturation or high density marketing mail entered at the Business Mail Entry ...

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Periodical Postage advertising standards, measurement

Jul 1, 2020

Advertising measurement for calculation of Periodical postage on PS Form 3541 is required to compute higher, zoned pound rates on ad matter based on distance outside the county and allows lower, unzoned ...

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Issue Brief⁠— the first stages of Seamless Acceptance

Jun 5, 2020

Seamless Acceptance to replace manual verification. 

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