In its role as the collective voice of newspapers in Washington, NAA is an advocate on policy issues impacting newspaper business operations. These issues range from the congressional debate over corporate tax reform to Department of Labor rules on independent contractor classification to industry compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations. In addition, NAA provides information to our member newspapers so that they can take action on their own in support of sustainable business practices that help preserve and protect the environment.
November 18, 2014
In the early months of the 114th Congress, House and Senate Republicans are expected to go after “low hanging fruit” and push legislation that they believe has bi-partisan support. Here is a synopsis of what else we expect might happen on issues that NAA is engaged.
June 12, 2014
NAA commissioned financial consulting firm, Bond & Pecaro, to write a White Paper providing an overview of the economics of the newspaper industry today and, more specifically, to provide details on the state of the current marketplace for large commercial printing press systems.
March 14, 2014
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp released in late February a comprehensive tax reform package with the goal of fixing “America’s broken tax code by lowering tax rates while making the code simpler and fairer.” At the heart of the sweeping proposal is the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent, and consolidating the seven individual tax brackets into two – a 10 percent and 25 percent bracket. There is, however, a 10 percent surcharge assessed on some professionals earning $450,000 or more in income.
January 09, 2014
In February 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released new rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The TCPA’s goal is to protect consumers from unwanted autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls, often called robocalls. Autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls to cell phones and prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential landlines now require “prior express consent” in writing from consumers.
December 14, 2012
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a draft order that would repeal the ban on radio/newspaper cross-ownership. The draft order also would permit television/newspaper cross-ownership in the top 20 markets, as long as the co-owned television station is not a top four-rated station and eight media voices remain after the combination.
February 27, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission released new rules on Feb. 15 implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The TCPA’s goal is to protect consumers from unwanted autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls, often called robocalls. Autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls to cell phones and prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential landlines now require “prior express consent” in writing from consumers. The new rules no longer exempt prerecorded telemarketing calls to residential landlines from the prior express consent requirement if a company has an established business relationship with a consumer. However, the FCC has shown some flexibility by stating that consumer consent is “written” if it is consistent with the E-SIGN Act. The definition of written includes e-mail, website forms, text messages, telephone key presses or voice recordings.
UPDATE: NAA’s general counsel recently drafted a fresh summary for members. Members call also access the February 2012 webinar that includes a discussion of how the changes will impact communications with readers and the critical need to understand the difference between telemarketing and informational call in planning communications with readers.
January 10, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal to permit waivers for newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership in the top 20 largest television markets. Under the proposal, a newspaper and a television station can be co-owned in the top 20 markets if the station is not ranked in the top four, and if eight major media voices would remain after the merger. There would be a presumption against cross-ownership in markets below the top 20.
July 06, 2011
Newspapers desire to be good corporate citizens and have made changes in the way they do business that will have long-term benefits for the environment. Since 2000 over 70 percent of all old newspapers in the United States were recovered and recycled. The average amount of recycled fiber content in newsprint used by U.S. newspapers has increased from 10 percent in 1989 to almost 30 percent today. In addition, most newspapers have switched to vegetable-based inks in lieu of petroleum oils. As a solution for global warming/climate change is sought, newspapers will be searching for ways to reduce their “carbon footprint” and use of energy.