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

Periodical mailers, get ready for USPS digital compliance

Jan 1, 2023

The U.S. Postal Service’s continuous movement toward digital compliance for Periodicals mailers pushed on in December as one official announcement and one unofficial advisory reached National Newspaper ...

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Dec 16, 2022

Periodicals mailers supplying hard copy postage statements (Form 3541) to their Business Mail Entry units (BMEUs) are facing earlier deadlines.

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USPS discontinues manual address corrections by sorting cards

Dec 15, 2022

The U.S. Postal Service today announced the official end of a service that once sustained community newspapers — manual address correction by sorting address cards into their proper 5-digit ZIP codes.

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USPS phasing out hard copy address change notices

Dec 9, 2022

MEMBER ALERT ⁠— The U.S. Postal Service is proposing elimination of hard copy address change notices for many Periodicals as of July 9, 2023. 

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Congratulations to the platinum certification graduating class of the Max Heath Postal Institute™

Dec 1, 2022

Congratulations to the  graduating class of the Max Heath Postal Institute™ platinum certification ... 

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October ruling says subscription lists must be certified more often

Dec 1, 2022

Previously, you could use a list for up to 180 days from the date of certification. A new rule put in place Oct. 1 makes the time you can use a list before re-certifying much shorter.

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Postal Regulatory Commission questions requiring newspapers to enter mail earlier

Dec 1, 2022

The National Newspaper Association today hailed a critical decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission that questions the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed change in critical entry times for Periodicals ...

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Understanding Periodicals VII: Governing the Nation's Monopoly Mail Service — Who is in Charge?

Nov 3, 2022

Influencing USPS has been NNA's work since its founding in 1885. But the Postal Service is a massive institution and Periodicals mail is a shrinking fraction of its delivery responsibilities. Sometimes ...

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USPS delivery network changes might affect you

Nov 1, 2022

There are a lot of changes coming at USPS, and not just to rates. Starting this summer, we were made aware of changes coming in some larger metro areas involving consolidating carrier routes into large ...

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