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Protecting, Promoting and Enhancing Community Newspapers Since 1885

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What is a community newspaper and what is the NNA/NNAF doing to help keep them relevant? It takes a healthy community to support a healthy newspaper. But a healthy newspaper can also promote a healthy community.  It takes hands-on idea development, good news coverage and creative spirits to help communities and newspapers to thrive.

We are using our peer networks to support each other through tough times - Great Ideas Exchange, Facebook Community Forum, Journalism Training, Postal Training and Convention.  We are using our limited resources to give the industry new tools.  We are looking around corners to help both communities and newspapers. The key to the thriving community newspaper is investment—not just of money, but of time, energy, creativity and our own community like NNA and others that are helping us through a tough time.

Sandy Hurley steers the Mount Airy (North Carolina) News to be a mirror that reflects the community

Apr 1, 2022

Growing up in a family of newspaper readers, Sandy Hurley was in college studying to become a kindergarten teacher until the day she walked into the West Jefferson (North Carolina) Times, her local newspaper, ...

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NNA/NNAF Readership Survey 2022 (members only)

Mar 28, 2022

The survey of 1,000 adults from rural and urban communities across the U.S. conducted for the National Newspaper Association and NNA Foundation of Pensacola, Florida, voting habits, news consumption, opinion ...

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Congress passes long-awaited postal reform legislation

Mar 8, 2022

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, HR 3076, cleared the U.S. Senate today, sending legislation to President Biden that would give the U.S. Postal Service relief from a 16-year-old requirement to fund ...

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Clara Garcia is living her lifelong dream of being a journalist

Mar 1, 2022

As far back as Clara Garcia can remember, she has aspired to be a writer and a journalist. She started working for the Valencia County News-Bulletin in Belen, New Mexico, more than 23 years ago as a crime ...

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With faith and hard work, Deone McWilliams fosters good news

Mar 1, 2022

The March 2022 issue of the Northside Vibes marks the newspaper’s 90th issue. Deone McWilliams’ grandson, now 18, is a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and McWilliams has expanded her business ...

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Despite pandemic and economy woes, Sanpete Messenger prospers

Feb 1, 2022

From journalism to teaching to public relations, marketing and politics, Dean, 72, has enjoyed a storied career. She has owned the Sanpete Messenger for nearly 22 years, and over time, with expansion ...

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Novice publisher finds her way in preserving Nebraska legacy newspaper

Dec 1, 2021

Johnson is a hometown girl, born and raised in the tiny north central Nebraska town with 236 residents, nestled up against the South Dakota state line. Learning the newspaper business has been a labor ...

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Upholding a legacy: Wisconsin publishers prepare for their seventh generation to take over

Oct 1, 2021

A printer by trade, Evans and his wife, Sue, joined the ranks of newspaper ownership six years ago when they bought The Sparta Herald and the Monroe County Democrat, located in nearby Tomah. In 2018, he ...

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Keepers of the Light — West Marin publishers shepherd the Point Reyes Light and assume their place in its storied history

Sep 1, 2021

As traditional newspaper publishing becomes more challenging, the current owners, Tess Elliott and David Briggs, are building upon the newspaper’s colorful legacy as they continuously seek better ...

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