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“Personal Email” as Public Records Gmail. Yahoo! AOL. Do these sound like official email accounts for the conduct of public business? They can be. The NC Public Records Law … 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
COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF POLICE VIDEO If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be worth a million. Until a year ago, though, the law with regard to law enforcement videos was … 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
Please see the attached guide as a reference to frequent questions on newspaper advertising. If you still have questions contact the NCPA legal hotline (919) 833-3833 or NCPA office (919) … more
Please see the attached guide as a reference to frequent questions on media law and reporting in North Carolina. If you still have questions contact the NCPA legal hotline (919) 833-3833 or NCPA … 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
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
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
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
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
HOTLINE QUESTION OF THE MONTH           Do the laws that make juvenile records confidential create any restrictions on a newspaper’s publication … 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
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
During the legislative session, public notices are at the top of our watch list. This time of year also generates a lot of questions on what exactly is public notice, where and when they must publish … 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
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
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
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