NCPA News
NORTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS AND NORTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSOCIATION VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 355, THE “GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2021,” AND URGE ITS PASSAGE
The North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) 1 and the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA)2 strongly support the Government Transparency Act of 2021 – Senate Bill 355 – …
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Legislation aims to open government personnel records to public
The days of having government employees fade into oblivion without any mention of the misdeeds that led to their dismissal may soon be over in North Carolina if the newly proposed Government …
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Editorial: SB 355 would curtail likelihood of rogue public sector employees
Senate Bill 355 — the Government Transparency Act of 2021 — would at last allow the public to see the disciplinary files of public employees, files that have long been held in secret in …
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The public should know why NC public employees are promoted, disciplined and fired
When it comes to offering the public access to government documents, North Carolina ranks among the most restrictive states. Its sunshine laws are better described as mostly cloudy with a chance of …
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Putting rivalry aside, NC newsrooms teamed up to keep the powerful accountable
Accountability journalism is sometimes bigger than competition. That’s been a central tenet of the N.C. Watchdog Reporting Network, a coalition of dozens of reporters and editors at …
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Judge rules Asheville council cannot block public from retreat
A team-building exercise among Asheville City Council members is an “official meeting” and not an “informal gathering” under the law, according to a Buncombe County …
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Senators push for more transparency in government worker personnel records
A growing number of senators are signing on to a bill that would make more information available to the public on government employee performance. Under Senate Bill 355, a description of the …
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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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THE GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2021/A BILL TO OPEN STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL RECORDS
Last week, many newspapers wrapped up coverage of Sunshine Week, a time set aside to promote government accountability through public records and public meetings. In North Carolina, the idea of …
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In Praise of Press Associations’ Advocacy For Newspapers, Openness
As a publisher, I welcomed Sunshine Week in March. It was always a valuable opportunity to account for indispensable news coverage and commentary that shined the light on government actions and …
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Members on the move
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, …
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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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In a career that started and ended at UNC, he molded generations of young journalists
Mike Yopp spent most of his life molding generations of journalists. But his legacy as a mentor and leader began when he was just a young journalist himself. Yopp died from a stroke Thursday at …
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New market leaders chosen, advertising manager named for Times-News
A trio of Gannett publications tucked into North Carolina’s Piedmont area – The Times-News in Burlington, The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro and The Dispatch in Lexington – recently …
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First African-American woman to lead the YES! Weekly newsroom
NC TRIAD — YES! Weekly, the oldest and largest circulated alternative weekly newspaper in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad region, is getting a change in leadership. Chanel Davis, …
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Beth Hutson named news director for The Fayetteville Observer
Beth Hutson, who started at The Fayetteville Observer as a copy editor in 2008, has been named the newspaper’s news director. Hutson, who has been serving as the newsroom editor responsible …
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Morefield named News-Topic publisher
The new publisher of the News-Topic is a North Carolina native who has spent over 33 years in the newspaper business. Keep reading
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Tom Bennett, retired journalist and Scout columnist dies
Tom Bennett, a retired journalist, advocate of speech and press freedoms, historian of daily newspapers in Atlanta, environmental columnist for The Cherokee Scout, and a disabled Army veteran, died …
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Industry News
Press Associations Are National Advertisers’ Best Choice
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to buying advertising to reach a national audience. The effective network already exists — and it works just fine, thank …
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Sunshine Week Content Toolkit
Sunshine Week was launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors — now News Leaders Association — and has grown into an enduring initiative to promote open government. Join …
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Let government know who’s boss
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for …
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HD Media files first of its kind antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook
A West Virginia newspaper company has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook charging the internet giants with monopolizing the digital advertising market. This is believed to …
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Relevance Project Revenue Resource Updates Ads
The Relevance Project Revenue Resource (www.relevanceproject.net) has updated its ALL TOGETHER NOW promotional series for 2021. Download today! The new selection of three messages can help …
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LMA’s NewsFuel to oversee well-known journalism grants directory developed at Raleigh News & Observer
A robust online directory of funders and grant opportunities for journalism, started by a news executive in Raleigh, N.C., will move to a new home beginning Feb. 1 as part of the NewsFuel program at …
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DOL ruling allows for reporters, photographers to be treated as salaried employees
The United States Department of Labor published four opinion letters in response to requests for an opinion regarding an interpretation of various aspects of federal wage and hour laws. One of those …
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USPS delays are threatening small-town newspapers. So is a postage price increase.
Jeff Wagner hardly knew what to tell his delivery driver when the man returned one day in late December from a run to the post office in their northern Nebraska town with a trailer still full of …
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Guidance for journalists on trusted messengers and effective COVID messaging
The National Association of Broadcasters and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute have shared initial findings of nationwide research conducted to equip local journalists with insights to …
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N.C. journalists file emergency appeal to get court access
GRAHAM — Three newspapers have asked the North Carolina Court of Appeals to order courts in a county where rally-goers were pepper sprayed and arrested to stop barring reporters from court …
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