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As we gather to celebrate Independence Day, it’s a good time to reflecton how our most fundamental freedoms have served this nation well.It’s an even better time to think about what would … more
Crime and public safety are garnering more headlines across the country. Law enforcement and racial disparities in the criminal justice system are under increasing scrutiny. Newspapers play a key … more
Coverage of public affairs – recording the actions and inactions of governing bodies from local to federal levels – demands attention from newsrooms year-round. And for good reason. … more
We all know that public records are the property of the people and that, generally speaking, public agencies can only charge you the costs of actual duplication – the cost of the paper, the ink … more
Election coverage was a priority when I toiled behind the editor’s desk. It was all-hands-on-deck in the newsroom as we sought information to help voters make their choices. As a final step, … more
I fondly characterize newsrooms as organized chaos. I witnessed that firsthand guiding staffs when resources were plentiful and community newspapers had captive audiences. Dynamics are even more … more
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 … more
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 … more
It’s standard procedure at many newspapers to chronicle headlines in year-end editions. The continuing social and economic impact of COVID-19 is certain to capture a lion’s share of … 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
As a life-long journalist, I know how tough it can be to report the views of people who are bitterly divided. We think we’ve got it right. But the emails and social media messages often scream … 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
The Legislative Reporting Service run by the UNC School of Government has dropped its subscription fees and is now free. The service includes a daily digest of bills and legislative actions, as well … 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
School’s out! I am fresh off teaching media law at the UNC School of Media and Journalism over the 2017-2018 academic year. I loved it and loved my students! I am happy, though, to now have time to … more
With the increase of student activism brought on by recent school shootings, journalists must look to new (and younger) sources of information than they ever have before in order to get their … more
Most reporters can likely relate to this scenario. Someone speaks up at a public meeting to unleash criticism about an individual or organization. Reporters have little difficulty presenting a … 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
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 personnel … more
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