Training Resources
Online Media Campus Webinars

Online Media Campus provides high-quality webinars that help media professionals develop new job skills without leaving their offices.  With at least two new webinars  a month and archived webinars avaible, Online Media Campus offers many resources to journalists  and gives you the opportunity to participate at any time. 

As a member of NCPA, you can take the trainings for free with the code: NCtraining 

Upcoming webinars: 

Warming Up Cold Calls 

From Once Upon a Time to the End

How To Do More Enterprise Reporting While Still Feeding The Daily Beast

For archived trainings, visit https://onlinemediacampus.com/

Poynter News University

Poynter offers news, trainings, guidance on ethics & leadership, fact-checking, and media literacy resources to journalists. Explore 100+ interactive journalism courses and join the international community of 150,000+ professionals, educators and students. 

Subscribe to Poynter's Weekly Training Digest, which contains the newest and most relevant professional development opportunities- including journalism industry job postings and panels. 

NCPA members can also receive custom training on a variety of topics that include ethics and leadership, craft of journalism, power and sexual harrassment, and race and equity. 

 

North Carolina Humanities

Each year North Carolina Humanities connects hundreds of North Carolinians through a combination of signature programs, grants, and partnerships.

The programs, which are available and offered statewide, are designed to bring North Carolinians together to have shared experiences around the humanities and dialogue amongst themselves. The grants are designed to solicit and respond to local needs and interests. 

The resulting conversations foster understanding and deepen human connections that can strengthen our statewide community. 

Check out the programs, grants, and resources here. 

Local News Lab

The Local News Lab is dedicated to creative experiments in journalism sustainability. We believe the future of local news depends on creating new kinds of collaboration between journalists, newsrooms, and communities. The lab is a project of Democracy fund. 

See the latest from the Lab. 

Better News

Better News is a project of the American Press Institute and the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

It is designed to serve three purposes: (1) to collect, curate and operate as a central repository of best practices in the craft of journalism and the challenge of journalism sustainability; (2) to provide strategic guidance on the most important issues facing news organizations, particularly local, regional and metropolitan newspapers; and (3) to share important lessons from participants of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.

There’s no shortage of reporting out there — much of it excellent — on the craft of journalism and the challenge of journalism sustainability. And you can learn a great deal from such reporting: Tips, tools, and tactics to make better products, grow audience, generate revenue, or tell better stories. But there are two problems we hear from folks in the news business: (1) Unless you’re actively looking (and even if you are), great resources can be difficult to find. And more importantly (2) without strategic framework, these tips become noise — more things to try, more random and uncoordinated “stuff.”

Subscribe to the Better News newsletter to stay up to date with fresh resources, insights, and case studies. 

Writing/Editing
The Spirit of ’76: Protecting us against the Putin Playbook As we gather to celebrate Independence Day, it’s a good time to reflecton how our most fundamental freedoms have served this nation well.It’s an even better time to think about what would …
What’s happened to nuts and bolts of public safety reporting? Crime and public safety are garnering more headlines across the country. Law enforcement and racial disparities in the criminal justice system are under increasing scrutiny. Newspapers play a key …
Use your special insight to recommend election choices Coverage of public affairs – recording the actions and inactions of governing bodies from local to federal levels – demands attention from newsrooms year-round. And for good reason. …
Management
Into the Issues This column is titled “Into the Issues” because it began as an effort to help communitynewspapers explore issues that affected their communities, sometimes from afar. It has evolved …
Into the Issues Almost a year ago, this column urged community newspapers to tell their readers the truth about the 2020 presidential election — that it was fairly held — to debunk the falsehoods …
2020 NCPA Convention Agenda The members of NCPA will convene in Raleigh February 26-28 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. NCPA continues a tradition of offering free training for our members. We have tracks for editorial …
Sales/marketing
Two advertising goals: Attention and Retention As mentioned in previous articles, there are two types of advertising: image and response. Image advertising – sometimes known as institutional advertising – is designed to give people a …
The importance of proofreading Proofreading is one of the most important skills in the advertising world. While anybody with a sense of humor can appreciate a harmless blooper (one of my favorites is the sign that read, …
Advertising’s blast from the past In order to look ahead to a new advertising idea, sometimes it helps to take a look at the past. When an advertiser has been in business for a number of years, there are plenty of …
Design
Typefaces to toss! Some typefaces are just downright strange. Like Curlz. I just can’t bring myself to believe that someone was serious about designing that one.
Google plans ad-blocking feature for Chrome browser Alphabet Inc.’s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and desktop versions of its popular Chrome web browser, according to people familiar with the …
25 rules for good design I’m always amused—and a bit disappointed—when someone tells me “I just love breaking the rules” of design. More often than not, that person isn’t breaking any …
Legal Resources
Legal/Legislative
Enhance Local Government Transparency Act (N.C. Senate Bill 473) - important changes to conflict-of-interest laws for public officials. In January of this year, the Enhance Local Government Transparency Act (N.C. Senate Bill 473) made some important changes to our conflict-of-interest laws for public officials. Most notably, the bill …
FIRST FOR A REASON: Special service charge for records? Not so fast. We all know that public records are the property of the people and that, generally speaking, public agencies can only charge you the costs of actual duplication – the cost of the paper, the ink …
FIRST FOR A REASON: task forces and committees We all know that North Carolina law requires public bodies to follow the open meetings law, which essentially means three things: publishing notice, allowing public access and keeping minutes.  …

 Know your rights. Know your NC Media Law. Click below to view the online resource the professionals use; the NC Media Law Handbook. Continuous updates make this the most valuable legal resource for reporters, editors, and practioners.
Open Government Guides
Open Meetings for Local Government
NC Open Government Guide
Public Records in North Carolina
Legal Fine Print

 A legal guide for newspaper advertising

A North Carolina Media Law Primer