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

NNA Postal Hotline

National Newspaper Association provides postal consulting services for its members.

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Understanding Periodicals vol 2

Jan 20, 2023

This course is designed to de-mystify Periodicals mail.

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USPS announces 30 day grace period for eliminating sacks for Periodicals

Jan 7, 2023

NNA is pleased to announce that the USPS has agreed to an extension period for the elimination of sacks for Periodicals and Marketing Mail. The Postal Service announced late Jan. 6 that it concluded mailers ...

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USPS to eliminate most sacks for Periodicals as of Jan 22 ⁠— some still allowed

Jan 5, 2023

USPS continued its push to revise its mail processing procedures today with an announcement that sacks will no longer be accepted for Periodicals, Marketing Mail or other classes. But some exceptions will ...

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USPS sets deadline for changes to processing plant entry times — Jan 29

Jan 4, 2023

NNA Member Alert ⁠— Periodicals mailers entering their mail at USPS processing plants have until January 29 to reset their production schedules to meet the new USPS deadline for entering ...

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Make money and gain subscribers by saturation mailing your newspaper

Jan 1, 2023

We tried something new for us last month for Thanksgiving week, which, of course, is one of the biggest retail periods of the year. 

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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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USPS TO SQUEEZE ENTRY TIMES FOR HARD COPY POSTAGE STATEMENTS

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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