Federal Advocacy

PNA also monitors federal issues and legislation impacting the news media industry. We encourage our members and the public to engage in federal and state advocacy to protect the interests of our members.

For more information:

News Media Alliance

National Newspaper Association

Newsprint Tariffs

Trade tariffs are being imposed on newspapers, which will likely lead to job losses in the publishing, paper and commercial printing industries. Not only will this affect jobs, it threatens to put small newspapers out of business. Publishers will be faced with additional costs that will delay or halt the newspaper industry’s shift to digital and accelerate the decline in both newsprint and printed newspaper industries. This is not only a print industry concern but could ultimately affect other business segments in the United States. 

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced countervailing and antidumping duties on Canadian imports of newsprint, which could increase costs as much as 32 percent. The Department of Commerce is expected to make final determinations in July, followed by a final determination from the International Trade Commission (ITC) in August. Members of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries, which employ more than 600,000 workers nationwide, have formed a coalition - Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP). The Coalition is asking the ITC and U.S. Congress to reject the tariffs and protect U.S. jobs, but we need your help as well.

Join in the fight against proposed newspaper tariffs

The viability of local newspapers is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariffs on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. Pennsylvania is home to 76 daily newspapers, and more than 150 non-daily newspapers - many of which serve small, rural communities. Newspapers in the Commonwealth cannot absorb the additional financial burden this proposed tariff is sure to create.

If passed, the resulting hardship could lead to thousands of job losses in the newspaper industry. A credible news source that has a vested interest in community based news and information is the bedrock to our principles as a free nation.

Newspapers and newspaper associations are uniting against newsprint tariffs. This is not only a print industry concern but could ultimately affect other business segments in the US. 

Please help us protect the future of newspapers. 

Contact the Department of Commerce, Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, or your local U.S. Congress representative and let them know that you oppose the proposed newsprint trade tariff.

  • Print this editorial by PNA President Mark Cohen in your publications and on your website. There is also an updated version available here
  • Utilize these talking points in your discussions with legislators and social media posts.
  • PNA members: send this sample letter to local legislators in opposition of this tariff. There is an updated sample letter available here
  • Local citizens: send this sample letter to local legislators in opposition of this tariff.

The PNA has also written a letter of opposition to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which can be viewed here.

A free press is more important than ever and newspapers have always been at the forefront of serving our communities. We remain steadfast in our commitment of continuing to do so. 

PNA Member Editorials and Articles

If you would like to schedule an in-district meeting with your local legislators, please contact Holly Lubart at hollyl@pa-news.org or (717) 703-3032.

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