NCPA News
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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Two Report for America reporters will bolster N&O’s local coverage in 2021
For a third straight year, the reporting staff of The News & Observer will be supplemented by reporters from Report for America, a nonprofit journalism organization that supports local news …
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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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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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Greater Fayetteville Business Journal to Launch May 28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 20, 2021Contact: Jenna Shackleford, Communications & Outreach CoordinatorPhone: 910-240-9697Email: jennas@bizfayetteville.comFAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Greater …
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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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NC Press Association membership elects Sandra Hurley as next president
For immediate release:  NC Press Association membership meeting July 22, 2021 Raleigh, NC  During a special meeting attended by NC Press Association members on Thursday July 22, …
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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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Members on the move
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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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, announced …
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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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Industry News
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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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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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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