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

Issue Brief⁠— the first stages of Seamless Acceptance

Jun 5, 2020

Seamless Acceptance to replace manual verification. 

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BMEU full-service mailers transitioned to participate in Seamless Parallel by June 1

Jun 1, 2020

This means that if your newspaper is a Full Service ImB mailer, like it or not, your mailing will be enrolled in the Seamless Parallel program. 

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House leaders introduce appropriation to help US Postal Service 

May 27, 2020

Reps Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Gerald Connolly, D-Virginia, chair of the Government Operations Subcommittee, said they believed the coronavirus ...

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There is no good reason to allow USPS to falter

Apr 14, 2020

Hold Congress accountable, newspaper people! There is no good reason to allow USPS to falter.

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Rejection of massive postage increase; it is time to call on Congress to fix the postal service with public funding

Feb 3, 2020

National Newspaper Association has urged the Postal Regulatory Commission to abandon its proposal for postage increases for small newspapers that could add nearly 50% to distribution costs over the next ...

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Congress needs to act to protect USPS

Aug 14, 2020

Democrats have proposed over $3.6 billion for voting by mail at a time when casting ballots in person is a perilous chore for many. And they’ve asked for $25 billion to finally shore up the postal ...

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OIG conducting an audit to evaluate mail service during the pandemic

Aug 13, 2020

USPS Inspector General’s office is responsible for examining whether the Postal Service is meeting its obligations. In this case, it wants to know how well communications worked during the early ...

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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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