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With the General Assembly about to head home early last Friday morning, one of the strongest “right to know” voices in the NC House, Rep. Josh Dobson, advanced a public records … more
Once again, journalists find themselves at the intersection of indispensability and danger.  You are uniquely poised to be the eyes and ears of the public, to stand in their shoes, to report … more
Reporters covering government in the last two months know public bodies have changed their way of doing business. Members of the press were granted essential worker status, but that didn’t mean … more
     The Washington Post reports Capitol Hill is paralyzed over a failure to agree on a temporary remote Congressional hearing and voting bill.  Yet as Congress grapples … more
  Continuing on the theme of government transparency and how you get the information you need to cover the developing COVID-19 crisis, I have outlined here some principles to … more
MASSIVE FORGIVABLE LOANS – AKA GRANTS – TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PASS The CARES Act authorized $349 billion in loans, including a Paycheck Protection Program, which can be used to fund … more
As the toll of the coronavirus rises daily, we are getting calls about what to do if you cannot put out your print newspaper.  That might happen either because your advertising drops to the … more
I want to begin with my gratitude for the vital and hard work that you all have been doing to report on the coronavirus crisis.  Personally, I check five or six news websites about every hour to … more
By John BussianThe General Assembly adjourned following its on-day special session on January 14.  The attempt to override the Governor’s veto of the Teacher Pay Act and the Regulatory … more
HOTLINE QUESTION OF THE MONTH           Do the laws that make juvenile records confidential create any restrictions on a newspaper’s publication … more
I have fingers crossed that the many 2020 elections will bring an avalanche of ad dollars to your newspapers!  With those dollars come some regulation, though. Much as I think it is … more
Have you gotten a letter from someone asking you to take down an old story because the person has gotten their record expunged?  Or maybe a lawyer has written and cited G.S. § 15A-152, a … more
The 2019 'long' session of the General Assembly  -- the longest session in the past century -- ended with several special sessions devoted primarily to budget issues and saw the General Assembly … more
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 … more
Question: A newspaper received notice of an emergency meeting of a college board of trustees with attorneys. The board has a track record of going into closed session to discuss financial issues, … more
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
NCPA has partnered with Stephens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC, a firm known and respected for its work on media and First Amendment law, to provide our legal hotline. Valued at $350 per … 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
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