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The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Forsyth County district attorney had no authority to have sealed the records of how a Black man died in the Forsyth County jail. Reporters from The … more
In January of this year, the Enhance Local Government Transparency Act (N.C. Senate Bill 473) made some important changes to our conflict-of-interest laws for public officials. Most notably, the bill … more
Adviser Neal Morgan credits student Caroline Chen of East Chapel Hill High School for fundamentally changing what he thought was possible for a high school journalist. “I am a passionate … 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
For decades North Carolina has ranked near the bottom of all states in the country when it comes to the public’s right to know what went wrong when a government employee is transferred, demoted … more
We all know that North Carolina law requires public bodies to follow the open meetings law, which essentially means three things: publishing notice, allowing public access and keeping minutes.  … more
The NC Public Records Law applies to public business documents made or received by a public agency or official.  G.S. § 132-1(a).  It doesn’t matter if they exist on an … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
When the 2021 session of the General Assembly began, passage of legislation to advance public access to records of disciplinary actions taken by those employed by taxpayers in state and local … more
If you’ve made a recent request under the NC Public Records Law, you may have noticed that some government agencies -- UNC-CH, Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the city … more
For a third straight year, the reporting staff of The News & Observer will be supplemented by reporters from Report for America, a nonprofit journalism organization that supports local news … more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 20, 2021Contact: Jenna Shackleford, Communications & Outreach CoordinatorPhone: 910-240-9697Email: jennas@bizfayetteville.comFAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Greater … more
For immediate release:  NC Press Association membership meeting July 22, 2021 Raleigh, NC  During a special meeting attended by NC Press Association members on Thursday July 22, … more
A coalition of media organizations, including Carolina Public Press, scored a court victory last week when Buncombe County Superior Court Judge Steve Warren ruled the city of Asheville must … more
Sponsored by Duke University in cooperation with NCPA, the basis for the Duke University/Green-Rossiter Award is exceptional coverage of higher education through editorials, news or feature articles, … more
Asheville, N.C., June 17, 2021—Carolina Public Press (CPP), North Carolina’s nonprofit, independent, nonpartisan newsroom today announced it has received a $50,000 grant from the Inasmuch … more
This secrecy is at odds with North Carolina's otherwise broad commitment to principles of government transparency that promote our informed democracy.  In other areas of public records law, … more
In partnership with the Open Raleigh Brigade of Code for America and the NC Local News Workshop, the North Carolina Open Government Coalition will host a free training event to help journalists and … more
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