NCPA News
North Carolina is an outlier among states in keeping so much information about government employees shrouded in secrecy. 
This secrecy is at odds with North Carolina's otherwise broad commitment to principles of government transparency that promote our informed democracy.  In other areas of public records law, …
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Campaign Finance Data Training: Sign up Now!
In partnership with the Open Raleigh Brigade of Code for America and the NC Local News Workshop, the North Carolina Open Government Coalition will host a free training event to help journalists and …
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USPS announces postage rate increase
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 28, 2021Contact: Tonda Rush, tonda@nna.org  NEWS OF STARKLY HIGHER POSTAGE RATES GREETS AMERICAN PUBLIC AT START OF HOLIDAY WEEKEND The United States …
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9 ways newsrooms can incorporate more audio in their work
In 2021, the media platform with the highest weekly reach in the United States is audio. Data published last month by Nielsen revealed that radio — just one component of this medium …
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NC senators: Personnel records on educators, police and others shouldn’t be secret
It’s no secret that disciplinary records of taxpayer-funded employees are kept behind lock and key. That shroud of secrecy prevents the public from finding out why a teacher moves from school …
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Paxton Media Group buying Landmark Community Newspapers
Paxton Media Group is buying Landmark Community Newspapers, including all 47 newspapers in the Shelbyville, Kentucky-based chain. The sale, announced Wednesday, will give Paducah-based Paxton …
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Longtime Observer photographer, ‘one of the great action sports shooters,’ dead at 52
Foster — a cigar-chomping, UNC Tar Heel-loving bear of a man who was an award-winning staff photographer and videographer for the Observer for the better part of three decades — was found …
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Why are Democrats AWOL on public’s right to know?
With no meaningful state law giving North Carolinians the right to see disciplinary records of those they employ in state and local government jobs, how will we ever know?  How will we know …
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Les High, legacy publisher in North Carolina, establishes center for local investigative journalism
Les High, publisher of The News Reporter, a family newspaper in Whiteville, North Carolina, has founded The Border Belt Center, a burgeoning nonprofit journalism organization that will begin …
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The NCPA rebuttal to NCAE's campaign of misinformation
The NC Press Association 1) corrects the misinformation in NCAE's letter about the public records laws in other states (where virtually complete public access to the entire government personnel file …
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Members on the move
Beacon publisher Angie Sutton bids adieu
Spring is my favorite time of year. It’s a reminder of how beautiful change can be. This spring, change for me meant much more than blooming flowers and warm sunshine. It was the start of a new …
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Former Gazette Editor Bill Williams dies
Over the four decades that he helped to shape the identity of Gaston County’s primary source of news, former Editor Bill Williams might have been best known for the weekly, down-to-earth …
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Scout adds 2 to news staff
Murphy – The Cherokee Scout, the primary news source for residents of Cherokee and surrounding counties since 1889, has added two new members to the local news …
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O'Brien Named Publisher of Perquimans Weekly, Chowan Herald and Daily Advance
Sean O’Brien has been named publisher for The Daily Advance, the Chowan Herald and The Perquimans Weekly, Robin Quillon, president of Adams Publishing Group in Eastern North Carolina, …
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Eddie Lane Fitzgerald
Eddie Lane Fitzgerald died on February 10, 2021 at Kinston Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Eddie was born in Kinston on (January 23, 1959) to parents Hawthorne and Mildred Fitzgerald. …
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Mark Rogers named editor of The Sanford Herald
A newspaper editor with more than three decades of experience has been named editor of The Sanford Herald. Mark Rogers, 57, of Archdale, began his duties Monday. “I’m excited to …
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In a career that started and ended at UNC, he molded generations of young journalists
Mike Yopp spent most of his life molding generations of journalists. But his legacy as a mentor and leader began when he was just a young journalist himself. Yopp died from a stroke Thursday at …
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New market leaders chosen, advertising manager named for Times-News
A trio of Gannett publications tucked into North Carolina’s Piedmont area – The Times-News in Burlington, The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro and The Dispatch in Lexington – recently …
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First African-American woman to lead the YES! Weekly newsroom
NC TRIAD — YES! Weekly, the oldest and largest circulated alternative weekly newspaper in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad region, is getting a change in leadership. Chanel Davis, …
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Beth Hutson named news director for The Fayetteville Observer
Beth Hutson, who started at The Fayetteville Observer as a copy editor in 2008, has been named the newspaper’s news director. Hutson, who has been serving as the newsroom editor responsible …
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Industry News
Iowa Newsrooms Unite To Produce Investigative Series
Video can change the course of history. Americans witnessed that fact with the George Floyd trial and the murder conviction of a police officer in Minneapolis. Now we’re seeing the use of …
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How publishers can leverage Clubhouse, TikTok and other emergent social media
Whether considered a possible threat to national security or the elitist cousin to the billion-dollar podcast industry, newer social media sites like TikTok and Clubhouse continue creating a buzz. …
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NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS AND NORTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSOCIATION VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 355, THE “GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2021,” AND URGE ITS PASSAGE
The North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) 1 and the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA)2 strongly support the Government Transparency Act of 2021 – Senate Bill 355 – …
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In Praise of Press Associations’ Advocacy For Newspapers, Openness
As a publisher, I welcomed Sunshine Week in March. It was always a valuable opportunity to account for indispensable news coverage and commentary that shined the light on government actions and …
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Press Associations Are National Advertisers’ Best Choice
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to buying advertising to reach a national audience. The effective network already exists — and it works just fine, thank …
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Sunshine Week Content Toolkit
Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government. Join …
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Let government know who’s boss
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for …
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HD Media files first of its kind antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook
A West Virginia newspaper company has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook charging the internet giants with monopolizing the digital advertising market. This is believed to …
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Relevance Project Revenue Resource Updates Ads
The Relevance Project Revenue Resource (www.relevanceproject.net) has updated its ALL TOGETHER NOW promotional series for 2021. Download today! The new selection of three messages can help …
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LMA’s NewsFuel to oversee well-known journalism grants directory developed at Raleigh News & Observer
A robust online directory of funders and grant opportunities for journalism, started by a news executive in Raleigh, N.C., will move to a new home beginning Feb. 1 as part of the NewsFuel program at …
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