NCPA News
North Carolina Open Government Coalition supports new campaign finance analysis project
The North Carolina Open Government Coalition supported and released a new project Friday that allows for a new understanding of the players that fund state campaigns in North Carolina and how federal …
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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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Campaign seeks to save The Wilmington Journal, a historic voice for Black community
WILMINGTON – On Nov. 10, 1898, the office of The Daily Record, a Black-run newspaper published by Alexander Manly, was burned to the ground by a mob of white supremacists who would go …
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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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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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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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Mountain Times Publications earns RFA reporter for 2021
Report for America has become a local enterprise, as the nonprofit organization announced that Mountain Times Publications had successfully applied for a RFA reporter to join the newsgroup in …
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The Citizen Times at 150 -- We're still here, and punching above our weight
Somewhere out there, Randolph A. Shotwell is having a good laugh. Or maybe he's spinning in his grave just a touch. Shotwell, you see, founded this newspaper 150 years ago — actually, a …
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Stella Anderson Trapp
Stella Anderson Trapp, who published and edited The Transylvania Times for more than 30 years and loved Transylvania County with all her heart, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at …
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John Lynch, former Wilmington StarNews publisher, dies at 83
John A. Lynch, who served as the publisher of the StarNews from 1987 to 2000, has died. He was 83. The cause was long-term pulmonary disease, said his son, Williams Brock Lynch of …
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News & Observer and Herald-Sun have a new leader in the newsroom
Sharif Durhams, who made history as a journalism student at UNC-Chapel Hill and has spent the last dozen years helping produce news for digital audiences in Milwaukee and at CNN and The Washington …
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Lasure promoted to Watauga Democrat, All About Women editor
BOONE — Hired at the Watauga Democrat as a staff reporter in February 2017, Kayla Lasure was promoted to the editor position of the Watauga Democrat newspaper …
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N.C. newspaper receives support from America's Newspapers in lawsuit filed against local sheriff
America's Newspapers has awarded a $5,000 grant to The News Reporter in Whiteville, North Carolina, from its Open Government Litigation Fund to assist the newspaper in a lawsuit filed against the …
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Carolina Public Press welcomes news editor
Journalist, producer, editor and educator Laura Lee has joined Carolina Public Press as its news editor.  Lee, originally from North Carolina, held roles at National Public Radio, …
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UNC Announces New Program Honoring Frank A. Daniels Jr.
Today, the University of North Carolina Hussman School of Journalism and Media announced a new executive-in-residence program established to honor Frank A. Daniels Jr., the legendary president …
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Bob Allen, beloved newspaperman, former Wake Weekly owner, dies at 91
Bob Allen, longtime owner and publisher of The Wake Weekly, died Thursday around 2 p.m. at his home surrounded by family members, his family announced. He was 91. Bob was born in Davenport, …
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PMG purchases Wilkes Journal-Patriot
Paxton Media Group purchased the Wilkes Journal-Patriot newspaper in North Wilkesboro from Carter-Hubbard Publishing Co., effective Monday. Dale Morefield, publisher of The Enquirer-Journal in …
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Charlotte’s Black media publishers open up about longevity and managing through the pandemic
When historic events happen, we rely on the media to capture and document these moments in time. Black media outlets are often tasked with providing a voice for the underserved during these …
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Industry News
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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Gaston Commissioners' Libel Suit At Odds With First Amendment, Experts Say
Last month Gaston County’s Board of Commissioners filed a libel suit against The Gaston Gazette because of an article questioning the county’s process for settling workers’ …
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How the Denton Record-Chronicle reduced print days and grew their digital subscriber base with BLOX Live e-Editions
"In the fall of 2019, we made the business decision to go digital in a big way," said Bill Patterson, Publisher for the Denton Record-Chronicle. "Selling print orders was really difficult for us …
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JAWS offers Alice Stipends to support local news journalists
In response to the pandemic and its impact on local news coverage (more than 1 in 5 local newspapers have closed), the Legacy Fund of the Journalism and Women Symposium will provide stipends for …
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Report issued by ranking member of Senate committee calls local journalism 'irreplaceable'
Local journalism is "essential for healthy communities, competitive marketplaces, and a thriving democracy," states a 67-page report issued by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the ranking member of the …
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Now's Not The Time For Newspapers To Be Shy
You can’t overuse the Relevant wish, “Have a good week.” Not now. We’ll need it as Election “week” (or, gulp, weeks) allegedly starts tomorrow. The …
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Check out a new exclusive benefit to members of the Newspaper Association Managers thanks to a Relevance Project partnership with Metro Creative Graphics and Pulse …
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House of Representatives Passes Fallen Journalists Memorial Act
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed bipartisan legislation authorizing the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a national memorial that honors the many reporters, editors, …
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Phil Reed Environmental Writing Awards
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—The Southern Environmental Law Center is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards. Nominations are welcome from anyone, …
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