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July 29, 2015 - Newspapers expected to get faster mail service through new postal hubs

From NNA

WASHINGTON—Community newspapers using the mail received the second good-news announcement of July recently when the U.S. Postal Service announced it expected to have 187 service hubs open by fall to provide direct transportation for newspaper mail in locations where mail processing plants have closed.

The announcement followed passage of a bill in a key Senate committee last week calling for a study of timely rural mail delivery. David E. Williams, chief operating officer of the Postal Service, credited the National Newspaper Association with working to establish the hubs. NNA requested study of the hub operation in testimony to the Postal Regulatory Commission in 2012, and has met with USPS continuously since then on the opening of the hubs as mail plants have closed.

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July 24, 2015 - Is the mail on time in rural areas? U.S. Postal Service is going to be asking

From NNA

WASHINGTON—Small towns and rural areas may soon get more attention from the U.S. Postal Service, following several years of post office and mail sorting facility closings. The Senate Appropriations Committee this week ordered new examination of the on-time arrival of mail outside urban areas. National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, said the new requirement resulted from NNA’s work to improve rural mail service. He expressed NNA’s thanks to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, for being the champion of a new rural mail service measurement.

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July 6, 2015 - June 2015 Community Journal Newsletter

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Newspaper circulation revenue now trumps newspaper advertising revenue worldwidephoto_bill_garber

By William E. (Bill) Garber
Founder

People like to read newspapers and are obviously happy to pay for the privilege!

That is one way of reading the results of annual reporting by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, as reported by Rick Edmonds at Poynter.  http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/347771/worldwide-newspaper-circulation-revenues-pass-advertising-for-the-first-time/

While community newspapers are a special case, they are special in part because their subscribers are loyal in ways regional and metro newspapers dare not let themselves even dream of.

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May 29, 2015 - NNA Applauds Senators’ Interest in Rural Mail Service Study

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From NNA

WASHINGTON—Two rural state senators—Sens. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND—have called for the Postal Regulatory Commission to set up a study of rural mail service.

The senators’ letter to the PRC follows a Roundtable on Rural Mail before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at which NNA requested the study.

NNA President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, said he was gratified by the interest of two key members of the Senate committee overseeing the U.S. Postal Service.

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