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Reporting on child fatalities is difficult. It presents a collision between the need for a thorough and orderly investigation against intense public concern and, sometimes, outrage. Medical records … more
DEFAMATION North Carolina’s libel law is fairly standard. The most significant defense against libel claims for newspapers is the fair report privilege. This privilege applies to … more
We’ve been getting lots of questions about political advertising, thus this interim FFR. There are seven main things newspapers* need to know/do about political advertising. · You … more
FFR received an inquiry about the specifics of the statement in last week’s post that “The law is very narrow with regard to what personnel information is public. However, almost all … more
Please see the attached guide as a reference to frequent questions on media law and reporting in North Carolina. If you still have questions contact the NCPA legal hotline (919) 833-3833 or NCPA … more
Please see the attached guide as a reference to frequent questions on newspaper advertising. If you still have questions contact the NCPA legal hotline (919) 833-3833 or NCPA office (919) … more
COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF POLICE VIDEO If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million. Until a year ago, though, the law with regard to law enforcement videos was … more
“Personal Email” as Public Records Gmail. Yahoo! AOL. Do these sound like official email accounts for the conduct of public business? They can be. The NC Public Records Law … more
Dealing with non-employees and non-employee content We all know that there is a fair amount of red tape that comes with having employees. You have to supervise and mentor them. They … more
A PAIR OF NORTH CAROLINA sheriff’s offices, in Ashe and Union counties, have a couple things in common. Each is on the receiving end of open records requests from an investigative TV reporter … more
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