Last week, more than 55 newspaper advocates had a “fly in” to Washington, D.C. to voice their opposition to their elected congressmen to newsprint tariffs that are hurting American newspapers.
Anti-newsprint tariff delegation members attended meetings with hopes of persuading congressional representatives to testify at the International Trade Commission meeting on July 17, or support the Print Act.
Virginia was well represented in the fly in with several newspaper publishers, executives and editors from around the state in attendance. The Virginia anti-tariff delegation met with seven members of the Commonwealth’s congressional delegation, including a one-on-one meeting with Senator Tim Kaine.
VPA’s executive director, Betsy Edwards, attended the meetings with board members Steve Stewart (Boone Newspapers), Bruce Potter (Inside NoVa), Carol McCracken (Chesterfield Observer), Chad Harrison (Womack Publishing), previous board president Matt Paxton (NNA, News-Gazette) and VPA lobbyist Aimee Perron Seibert.
Below are some actions that every newspaper can continue to do to oppose newsprint tariffs:
- Submit a letter to your congressmen using this form
- Sign this petition created by Stop Tariffs on Publishers and Printers
- Continue to editorialize and cover the topic in your pages.
- Reach out to your congressmen and ask them to co-sponsor.
- Ask your readers to express their concern to elected officials by reminding them how important the printed newspaper is.