Training Resources
Online Media Campus Webinars

Online Media Campus provides high-quality webinars that help media professionals develop new job skills without leaving their offices.  With at least two new webinars  a month and archived webinars avaible, Online Media Campus offers many resources to journalists  and gives you the opportunity to participate at any time. 

As a member of NCPA, you can take the trainings for free with the code: NCtraining 

Upcoming webinars: 

How to Use Data to Sell 

How to Have Your Best Sales Year Yet 

For archived trainings, visit

Poynter News University

Poynter offers news, trainings, guidance on ethics & leadership, fact-checking, and media literacy resources to journalists. Explore 100+ interactive journalism courses and join the international community of 150,000+ professionals, educators and students. 

Subscribe to Poynter's Weekly Training Digest, which contains the newest and most relevant professional development opportunities- including journalism industry job postings and panels. 

NCPA members can also receive custom training on a variety of topics that include ethics and leadership, craft of journalism, power and sexual harrassment, and race and equity. 


North Carolina Humanities

Each year North Carolina Humanities connects hundreds of North Carolinians through a combination of signature programs, grants, and partnerships.

The programs, which are available and offered statewide, are designed to bring North Carolinians together to have shared experiences around the humanities and dialogue amongst themselves. The grants are designed to solicit and respond to local needs and interests. 

The resulting conversations foster understanding and deepen human connections that can strengthen our statewide community. 

Check out the programs, grants, and resources here. 

Local News Lab

The Local News Lab is dedicated to creative experiments in journalism sustainability. We believe the future of local news depends on creating new kinds of collaboration between journalists, newsrooms, and communities. The lab is a project of Democracy fund. 

See the latest from the Lab. 

Better News

Better News is a project of the American Press Institute and the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

It is designed to serve three purposes: (1) to collect, curate and operate as a central repository of best practices in the craft of journalism and the challenge of journalism sustainability; (2) to provide strategic guidance on the most important issues facing news organizations, particularly local, regional and metropolitan newspapers; and (3) to share important lessons from participants of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative.

There’s no shortage of reporting out there — much of it excellent — on the craft of journalism and the challenge of journalism sustainability. And you can learn a great deal from such reporting: Tips, tools, and tactics to make better products, grow audience, generate revenue, or tell better stories. But there are two problems we hear from folks in the news business: (1) Unless you’re actively looking (and even if you are), great resources can be difficult to find. And more importantly (2) without strategic framework, these tips become noise — more things to try, more random and uncoordinated “stuff.”

Subscribe to the Better News newsletter to stay up to date with fresh resources, insights, and case studies. 

Resolve to be accessible, stay relevant Surviving in today’s fractured media landscape depends on your ability to identify, collect and deliver the relevant community news. That job becomes more challenging if readers become …
Robust public affairs coverage requires more than recording meetings My formula for shaping newspaper content is straightforward: Present a blend of stories thatpeople like to read and stories they should read. Under the “should read” category, consider …
Is it good enough?   You are the first editor of your writing. Yes, you are the first editor.  You are the writer, too. You wrote with both sides of your brain. The right artistic side helped you add …
YAWN: Tiresome Newspaper Arguments It's been more than two years since I received my last paycheck from a newspaper company. In that time, I've had the opportunity to advocate for local newspapers that remain Relevant to their …
Into the Issues This column is titled “Into the Issues” because it began as an effort to help communitynewspapers explore issues that affected their communities, sometimes from afar. It has evolved …
Into the Issues Almost a year ago, this column urged community newspapers to tell their readers the truth about the 2020 presidential election — that it was fairly held — to debunk the falsehoods …
The power of enthusiasm There’s a story about a professor of literature at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As he approached retirement, someone from the newspaper interviewed him. During the course of …
We’ve got some explaining to do People usually say “no” to things they don’t understand. It’s a salesperson’s job to help prospects understand what he or she is selling. What makes media choice A …
Advertising’s Bill of Rights In the advertising business, there are things which must be done in order to create an effectivecampaign. Think of it as Advertising’s Bill of Rights: Send the right message…to the …
Typefaces to toss! Some typefaces are just downright strange. Like Curlz. I just can’t bring myself to believe that someone was serious about designing that one.
Google plans ad-blocking feature for Chrome browser Alphabet Inc.’s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and desktop versions of its popular Chrome web browser, according to people familiar with the …
25 rules for good design I’m always amused—and a bit disappointed—when someone tells me “I just love breaking the rules” of design. More often than not, that person isn’t breaking any …
Legal Resources
NC Supreme Court Addresses Law Enforcement Recording Statute “History teaches that opaque decision-making destroys trust; recent historyinvolving police body cameras emphasizes this risk.”We end 2022 with these strong words from our own North …
Access to K-12 School Security Footage and FERPA We often get questions on the hotline about obtaining security footage of newsworthy incidents that occur in or around K-12 schools or on school buses. Because these incidents almost inevitably …
Transparency in Deadly Use of Force Incidents The climate surrounding officer-involved fatalities is, in a word, dynamic. Whether a shooting or shootout, deadly force incident to an arrest or the service of a warrant, or a high-speed chase …

 Know your rights. Know your NC Media Law. Click below to view the online resource the professionals use; the NC Media Law Handbook. Continuous updates make this the most valuable legal resource for reporters, editors, and practioners.
Open Government Guides
Open Meetings for Local Government
NC Open Government Guide
Public Records in North Carolina
Legal Fine Print

 A legal guide for newspaper advertising

A North Carolina Media Law Primer