NCPA News
No postage increase in January, but two are on deck each year beginning January 2023
The U.S. Postal Service today announced it will not implement a postage increase in January 2022.  The next increase will be in July 2022.Then it will begin a new regime of twice-yearly …
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Pakistani journalists rally against proposed new media law
Hundreds of Pakistani journalists rallied outside parliament Monday to reject a proposed law that critics say would further curtail media freedom if passed. The protest in the capital of …
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The Robesonian names David Kennard its new executive editor
LUMBERTON — The task of overseeing The Robesonian’s news-gathering operations has been given to a man with almost 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry. David Kennard began …
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Longtime journalist Bill Church will be new executive editor of N&O and Herald-Sun
Bill Church, who started his newspaper career covering high school sports for an Oklahoma weekly and most recently helped oversee 150 newsrooms across the nation, will be the new executive editor of …
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Rana Cash, Observer’s new top editor, pledges accountability, tough questions, solutions
Veteran journalist Rana Cash will return to Charlotte this fall as the new executive editor of The Charlotte Observer, bringing a promise to ask tough questions of leadership and to cover the …
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Report for America opens newsroom applications, expands opportunity to hire more journalists
National service program recruits talented, diverse reporters—helps fund salaries Report for America announced today that applications are now open for news organizations …
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Postage rate increase will go into effect Aug. 29, Court says
The Postal Service will raise postage rates on August 29, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition by National Newspaper Association, News Media Alliance …
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O’Rourke Media Group, Modulist enter into strategic partnership
O’Rourke Media Group, which operates community-focused media publications nationwide, and Modulist, a media services company that specializes in processing user-generated content, have entered …
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4 lessons on growing reader revenue from Ben Monnie, Google News Initiative
Ben Monnie, director of global partnerships for Google News Initiative, joined LMA’s Digital Revenue Summit on Aug. 9 for an engaging keynote conversation on lessons learned across …
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Texting shows promise to expand readership, deepen loyalty, grow revenue for local media
Texting campaigns by news outlets are rising in popularity, as organizations look for more ways to connect with readers and build their subscription bases. Service media organizations like Outlier …
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Members on the move
Spurling new Wilkes Journal-Patriot publisher
The parent company of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot is shuffling regional responsibilities among its North Carolina publishers following acquisitions made earlier this year. Lori Spurling is now the …
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Paper stays in local hands; Smith is new owner and publisher
Columbus County’s newspaper of record turns a new page Aug. 1, 2021, as Justin Smith, editor since 2018, becomes publisher as well. Smith has purchased the 125-year-old company from Les High …
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New staff named for Chowan Herald
Chowan Herald Publisher Sean O’Brien has named a new management team for the newspaper. “We are pleased to welcome an experienced and dedicated team to Edenton to lead the Chowan …
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Observer editor said she joined the paper in awe. By September, she’ll leave that way, too
When a then-23-year-old Sherry Chisenhall was offered a job with the Charlotte Observer in 1986, she was so shocked that she forgot to ask about the pay. She made a second rookie mistake weeks …
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Robyn Tomlin, editor of the N&O and Herald-Sun, promoted to McClatchy vice president
The newsroom at The News & Observer and the Durham Herald-Sun will soon have a new leader who will focus solely on the Triangle. Robyn Tomlin, the top editor at The N&O and Herald-Sun, is …
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From the Publisher: 25 Years Later, Still a Wonderful Decision
In my office, I have pictures of former Pilot Publishers Katherine Boyd and Sam Ragan prominently displayed on the wall. Whenever I’m trying to make a difficult decision, I imagine that …
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She loved Newton and her work at The Observer News Enterprise
Hickory Daily Record Sylvia Kidd Ray, a Newton resident and retired managing editor of The Observer News Enterprise newspaper, died at her residence on Sunday after a period of ill health. …
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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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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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Industry News
National Newspaper Association mourns the passing of postal guru Max Heath
The death of NNA’s Postal Chair Emeritus Max Heath, Shelbyville, Kentucky, on July 28 set off a period of mourning across the community newspaper industry.Heath’s family told the National …
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N.C. family with seven decades of courage, integrity and tenacity honored with Tom and Pat Gish Award
For immediate releaseJuly 22, 2021Contact: Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky, 502-682-2848 A family that has demonstrated courage, integrity and …
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From the editor: We're listing our building for sale, but The Fayetteville Observer isn't going away
The Fayetteville Observer has been serving our community for more than 200 years, and though some things are changing, our commitment to quality local journalism is not.  We will soon be …
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3 award-winning strategies for growing digital audience at the local level
Trying to get more “eyeballs” on your news coverage? Consider innovative approaches to audience development taken by these three award-winning local publishers. Green Valley News, …
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CNI announces new leadership
After 32 years of guiding Community Newspapers Inc. (CNI), co-owners Tom Wood and Dink NeSmith are turning over the corporate leadership to new co-chief executive officers.   Effective …
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Local Journalism Sustainability Act reintroduced
The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (H.R. 3940) has been reintroduced into Congress. The bill, which is virtually the same as last year, has three important components:  Payroll …
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Judge jails editor over reporter’s use of recorder in court
A North Carolina Superior Court judge put a small-town newspaper editor behind bars last month after one of his reporters used an audio recorder for note-taking purposes at a murder trial — a …
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Microsoft: An update on our effort to help preserve and protect journalism
Last week, the Pulitzer Prizes recognized the 105th class of journalists winning awards for reporting on some of the most important issues of our time: the pandemic, racial inequity and the integrity …
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Project Tell Me's Lift Every Voice: Sharing Important Black Voices and Stories
Project Tell Me’s Lift Every Voice is a new initiative that showcases conversations between young Black journalists and the oldest generation of Black Americans. Conceived by Hearst …
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PUBLIC BODIES BREAKING THE LAW IN THE NAME OF THE PANDEMIC
  If you are covering a public body that has resumed meeting in person but is forcing you to participate remotely, they are breaking the law.   Over the past year, the pandemic …
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