2021 Contest/ 2022 Convention

Contest/Convention Dates To Remember


NCPA Contest Call for Entries: March 11, 2022

NCPA Contest Deadline: April 8, 2022

NCPA Contest period will cover work from October 2020 - February 2022

NCPA Annual Convention and Awards Banquet: August 25-26, 2022 at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills 



Community Forum
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The Relevance Project

The Relevance Project’s 2022 priority is to help newspapers become THE Community Forum to boost Relevance, expand audiences, and improve effectiveness. Now, a special section is devoted to sharing tactics, advice and examples on how to orchestrate civil, civic conversations about issue of importance to communities, the newspaper industry and advocates for an enlightened Democracy. Stay tuned for Relevance Project updates on this transformative initiative. Click here to learn more.

A key initiative of the Relevance Project is to create revenue tools to help community newspapers boost their sales efforts. The Revenue Resource 2022 will be updated to match dynamic changes in our businesses and economies.

 Click here to download The Revenue Resource!
Support Local Journalism

The Relevance Project seeks to promote the importance of local journalism and its vital role in democracy. These resources are aimed at helping newspaper media recapture and bolster the message that it is the primary source of local news and information.  The newest series includes one-page-instant training sessions you can download from the Advice for the Newsroom section.  As a reminder, association and newspaper staffs can use everything on The Relevance Project website without charge. Credit Newspaper Association Managers (NAM) for the initiative.


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Hyperlocal Advertising And Marketing Services

Your Strategic Partner For Delivering Local Engagement On A National Scale

The Strategic Marketing Partners of the North Carolina Press Services (NCPS) - offers services that can help you get media hits, and hyperlocal print and digital advertising placement services to reach your target audiences. In fact, over the last several decades we have helped hundreds of agencies, associations and companies in North Carolina with these services providing quick results - at no extra cost to their advertising budgets. Through our newspaper members, NCPS has deep relationships with every community in North Carolina – giving us local, on-the-ground knowledge about what works. This experience and the attending trust are invaluable to advertisers who want results. Working with the NCPS is working with the trusted pillars of your customer’s communities. If you want to save time, resources, and money we can meet by phone or Zoom to discuss your multimedia plans and goals. Let’s partner together.

Strategic partners for all print and digital media buys in NC with access to every Community Forum in North America.

NC Newspapers Deliver

Newspaper Market Insight from a study conducted by Coda Ventures, found that 6.6 million North Carolina adults rely on print or digital newspapers for news and information. More than half of North Carolina adults use newspaper advertising to make important buying decisions. Curious about how you can reach your target market? Check out these Market Insight sheets.  

From the Appalachian Mountains to the Outer Banks, North Carolina’s landscape is as diverse as its economy. Throughout the state, businesses both large and small are pioneering new frontiers in technology, pharma, aerospace, automotive, textiles and more. Plus, it’s home to an active audience of consumers who rely on North Carolina’s print and digital newspapers for the community news, information and advertising that impact their lives. Coda Ventures recently conducted a market study, proving the power of local newspapers in North Carolina.

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PARADE MEDIA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF NEWSPAPER RELATIONS EXECUTIVE AND SUCCESSOR APPOINTMENT New York, NY – January 12, 2022 Parade Media Senior Vice President of Newspaper Relations Kevin Craig announced today the retirement of the company’s Vice President of Newspaper …
Journalism is a public good. Let the public make it. For decades, we have invested so much time, money, and hope in the idea that a small group of individuals who are experts in their field can solve the enormous, complex challenge of building and …
How the local news crisis affects coverage of COVID and climate-- and vise versa Huge issues face the United States and the rest of the world — issues that require rigorous local journalism to help people understand the problems and identify solutions. Yet widespread …
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T. Parker Maddrey 1934 - 2022 When asked what he did for a living, he would say he was a "newspaper man." Maddrey aspired to work in news reporting early on. As a young boy, he sold the weekly rural newspaper Grit door-to-door, …
Columnist A.C. Snow dies after 70 years at NC newspapers and ‘a love affair with words’ A.C. Snow, the longtime News & Observer columnist who delighted readers with country wisdom wrapped in elegant prose for 70 years, died Friday in Raleigh. He was 97, and had written his farewell …
Elon University staff member, former Burlington Times-News editor, dies at 62 Roselee Papandrea Taylor met her husband at a job interview. Madison Taylor, who worked at the Jacksonville Daily at the time, interviewed her and immediately became her editor. The pair worked …
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Carolina Public Press launches two regional NC news projects Asheville, NC, Jan. 24, 2022—Answering the community’s call for local nonpartisan journalism toward strengthening accountability and democracy, Carolina Public Press (CPP) has launched …
Call for Nominations: 2022 Sunshine Awards and Frank Barrows Award for Excellence in Student Journalism The Sunshine Awards are presented each year to recognize the work of citizens, advocates, journalists, and government officials whose efforts increase transparency and accountability in public …
GENERAL ASSEMBLY CAN STILL MAKE HISTORY The North Carolina General Assembly remains poised to make open government history next week when lawmakers return to Raleigh for the last time in 2021. It has been a while since our legislature has …
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Job vacancies
  • Lifestyles editor

    The Greeneville Sun seeks a lifestyles editor. The person in this job is responsible for daily themed lifestyles pages, community news, the Sun’s weekly Accent section and an annual bridal edition. …
  • Assistant Editor/Staff Writer

    The Goldsboro News Argus, an award-winning daily newspaper in eastern North Carolina, has an opening for an assistant editor/staff writer. Join a newsroom that celebrates community journalism and …
  • Reporter

    News Reporter: The Rocky Mount Telegram is seeking a reporter to cover Nash County government and public schools. Journalism degree and previous reporting/editing experience preferred, but recent …