NCPA News
NC Lawmakers’ 2020 “Short Session” To Continue into September
With the General Assembly about to head home early last Friday morning, one of the strongest “right to know” voices in the NC House, Rep. Josh Dobson, advanced a public records …
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Countdown to the election - are you ready?
This will be an election like no other as the Covid crisis has forced us into remote work stations and candidates into dramatically different campaign strategies.  But that is just where the …
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RJI announces Local News Challenge to help local newsrooms tackle technology challenges
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute’s innovation team is looking to tackle current technology-related challenges that local newsrooms are coping with but are unable to solve …
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Observer Publisher Mahone moves on; Chisenhall named company president
Rodney Mahone, who as publisher of the Observer also oversaw some of the company’s South Carolina papers, was named president of the company’s Georgia markets. He also will expand his …
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A PROTEST
Once again, journalists find themselves at the intersection of indispensability and danger.  You are uniquely poised to be the eyes and ears of the public, to stand in their shoes, to report …
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Longtime Warren Record editor to retire next month
June will be a month of transition at The Warren Record as longtime editor/general manager Jennifer Harris prepares to retire, and veteran journalist Gary Band assumes the role of managing editor …
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Media coalition sues Cooper, cabinet agencies for COVID-19 records
A coalition of more than two dozen media outlets including The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking the release of a list of records related to COVID-19 …
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STATE OF EMERGENCY = OPEN MEETINGS LAW AMENDMENTS
Reporters covering government in the last two months know public bodies have changed their way of doing business. Members of the press were granted essential worker status, but that didn’t mean …
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How COVID-19 is reshaping grantmaking and what news organizations should know
Just when news organizations are feeling the weight of unprecedented audience urgency, the numbing sear of burnout, and the effects of cratering ad revenues, foundations are uncorking millions of …
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Publisher of The Carolina Times dies, possibly marking the end of the historic paper
Kenneth Edmonds, the publisher of The Carolina Times, died Saturday, possibly signaling the end of a historic newspaper that has been informing and advocating for African Americans in Durham and …
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Members on the move
Sherry Jones named executive editor for Gannett’s eastern NC newsrooms
Veteran journalist Sherry Jones has been named executive editor for Gannett’s eastern region of North Carolina, overseeing the Wilmington StarNews, the Fayetteville Observer, the Jacksonville …
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New editor named for The Enterprise
HIGH POINT — The new editor of The High Point Enterprise has over 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and executive in the news industry.Guy Lucas, 54, who most recently has been …
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Jewell Walston returns to Asheville to lead Citizen Times newsroom
Jewell Walston, a former Citizen Times sports editor, is returning to Asheville to lead the newsroom as executive editor. Walston was introduced as executive editor of Gannett's Western North …
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Leadership transition announced for StarNews, Times-News
This week, the StarNews announced that Publisher Mike Distelhorst will be leaving the company on April 3. Finance director John McElwee is assuming leadership of the StarNews as the local market …
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Carr named Salisbury Post’s publisher; Anderson to manage special projects
John Carr, publisher of the Suffolk News-Herald in Suffolk, Virginia, has been named publisher of the Salisbury Post, replacing Greg Anderson. Carr has been publisher of the News-Herald since 2015 …
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O'Brien has been named general manager for The Daily Advance, the Chowan Herald and The Perquimans Weekly
Sean O'Brien has been named general manager for The Daily Advance, the Chowan Herald and The Perquimans Weekly, Robin Quillon, president of Adams Publishing Group in Eastern North Carolina, has …
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Former longtime News & Record reporter (and onetime parole-board chairman) Jack Scism dies
GREENSBORO — Jack Scism, a retired award-winning staff writer for the News & Record, died Saturday in Fairfax, Va. He was 87. Scism came to the Greensboro Daily News in March 1969 …
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Hensley named publisher of 'Star'
Tallulah – Kevin Hensley became editor of The Graham Star just four months ago, but that was enough to convince Community Newspapers Inc. to give him a promotion. CNI has …
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Goodnight, Blankenship join Salisbury Post staff
SALISBURY — Paris Goodnight has rejoined the Post as its night editor and Carl Blankenship has joined the newspaper as an education reporter. Goodnight’s first day back at the Post was …
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Taylor named Wake Weekly, Butner-Creedmoor News editor
WAKE FOREST — Shawn Taylor, an award-winning community journalist, will serve as the next editor of The Wake Weekly and Butner-Creedmoor News, President and Publisher Keven Zepezauer announced …
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Industry News
House and Senate Letters to the Administration on Directing Government Advertising to Local Media
74 senators sent a letter to the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget asking him to direct federal agencies to shift existing government advertising campaigns to local newspapers …
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NTVB Media Provides What to Watch to Newspapers for Free
TROY, MI, April 6, 2020 – NTVB Media will provide a weekly roundup of television viewing recommendations to newspapers at no charge until at least May 31.   Curated by NTVB’s …
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A Global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for local news
Local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times. Today, it plays an even greater function in reporting on local lockdowns or shelter at home orders, …
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Media Associations Call on Congress to Support Local Media
Arlington, VA – Today, four national media organizations representing thousands of local newspapers and local broadcast media outlets – the News Media Alliance, National Association of …
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Key Highlights of the COVID-19 Relief Programs
We have compiled the following useful and concise information for your reference as you consider the various planning opportunities available to address the impact of the COVID-19 situation on your …
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The CARES Act authorized $349 billion in loans
MASSIVE FORGIVABLE LOANS – AKA GRANTS – TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PASS The CARES Act authorized $349 billion in loans, including a Paycheck Protection Program, which can be used to fund …
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Small News Orgs- How to Survive COVID-19
Small and mid-size publishers are often the main sources of news and information in the communities they serve. They are also the most vulnerable during this time of crisis. It’s hard to …
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Sunshine Week: Fighting a virus with truth and transparency 
As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may …
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Sunshine Week puts spotlight on what N.C. government tries to hide
If a Florida parent wants to see the personnel file for their child’s public school teacher, the school would hand it over. In North Carolina, that parent probably would be turned away, said …
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Invitation to enter science journalism contest (no entry fee, $5,000 prize)
The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the second annual Victor K. McElheny Award for local and regional science journalism. The …
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