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Sometimes it’s a good idea to feature a boss in an ad. Sometimes it’s not. Two ads come to mind. One shows a plumbing company’s president seated at the head of a conference table, … more
Guilford County commissioners pushed to January a public hearing on whether to take over publishing public notices, responding to the request of local newspaper publishers who wanted more time to … more
A cyberattack slowed county government to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina's most populous metro area as deputies processed jail inmates by hand, the tax office turned away electronic payments and … more
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
Some typefaces are just downright strange. Like Curlz. I just can’t bring myself to believe that someone was serious about designing that one. 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
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
Headlines are the entrance ramps to effective advertising. The better the headline, the higher the readership. The key word is “engagement.” How can you engage readers – with just a few words? … more
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Alex is an ad manager who wants his sales team to be professional from start to finish. “Some sales people talk too much, especially at the end of a sales conversation,” he said. “It’s like a … more
National Newspaper Week is Oct. 1-7 This year we mark the 77th anniversary of National Newspaper Week (NNW), Oct. 1-7. The annual observance celebrates and emphasizes the impact of … 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
The News & Observer began a five-part investigative series, Jailed to Death, that exposes dozens of deaths in which North Carolina jails failed state supervision requirements for the safety and … more
I love golf, but I’m a terrible golfer. I’m the only golfer I know who has lost someone else’s golf ball. On a best-ball round, I mistakenly hit the wrong ball – directly into a lake. … 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
CAN WE TALK? Getting Information from Sources Who May Be Breaking the Law If asked whether a reporter faces liability for asking a source to provide information that legally is secret, … more
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