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Are you a reporter having trouble getting records from your local government, school board or the United Way? Are you a private citizen interested to know how you can keep track of the latest zoning … more
The members of NCPA will convene in Raleigh March 20-22 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. (Site of the 2018 convention which held record crowds.) NCPA continues a tradition of offering free … more
MAKING SENSE OF WHAT LOOKS LIKE NONSENSE Having trouble making sense of the constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot this November? I am, and I’m a lawyer! As … more
FINDING COMMON GROUND Some of you remember Governor Cooper before he was governor - even before he was attorney general - back when he was Senator Cooper.  In 1995, then Sen. Cooper was … more
School’s out! I am fresh off teaching media law at the UNC School of Media and Journalism over the 2017-2018 academic year. I loved it and loved my students! I am happy, though, to now have time to … more
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Some of the most common questions we get when we do workshops and on the Hotline relate to the dangers of publishing information on the internet and social media 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
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
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