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At the end of 2023, ownership of the NC Insider transitioned from The McClatchy Company to State Affairs, Inc., a national company specializing in business-to-business news and data products for … more
We have big news for our readers and subscribers as we enter the new year. It’s a big change, but one we believe will prove beneficial and provide opportunities. As of the end of January, Womack … more
The First Amendment provides access to many – if not most – court proceedings and judicial records. This article is not intended to analyze the jurisprudence confirming the rights of … more
More and more, non-profits are performing governmental functions. Be they volunteer fire departments, public housing authorities, tourism or economic development authorities, hospital authorities, … more
On Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join us in making a meaningful impact on the future of local journalism in North Carolina. The North Carolina Press Foundation (NCPF) is reaching out to our … more
CHARLOTTE — North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper will soon be printed in Charlotte along with several other regional and national publications after the completion of an acquisition … more
Membership in an exclusive organization has its privileges. North Carolina Press Association now offers a new privilege — free, self-paced online training for journalists at … more
FAYETTEVILLE — CityView, a Fayetteville-based online news organization, and The Assembly, a digital-first magazine covering power and place in North Carolina, have launched a strategic … more
A recent newsroom workshop prompts me to offer up a refresher on how to stay out of copyright trouble.  Imagine a member of your newspaper is working on a story about the end of summer and the … more
When a journalist calls for help on legal issues such as public meetings or access to public records, Amanda Martin answers the phone.   Martin, the counsel for the N.C. Press Association, … more
We frequently get calls to the hotline when law enforcement officials redact the names of witnesses, perpetrators, juveniles or victims in crime and incident reports. Journalists want to know – … more
If you make public records requests in North Carolina, you are undoubtedly familiar with N.C. Gen. Stat. § 132-6(a), which requires a public body to furnish responsive records “as promptly … more
Members of the N.C. Press Association from around the state converged upon Goldsboro late Friday morning to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the group's formation. The relevance extends … more
If you’re a journalist who has ever sought police body camera or dashboard camera recordings, you probably used the forms provided by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts … more
Like his predecessors in the General Assembly, Onslow County Sen. Michael Lazzara makes the same misguided arguments in his SB 200 that government should take over notifying the public of important … more
For nearly two decades, people who care about North Carolina’s most vulnerable, who relish understanding the people and politics that factor into the state’s policies, and who have strong … more
You may have heard the term “Section 230” thrown about recently. This section of the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996 has been around for more than 25 years, but it is getting … more
A newly sworn-in North Carolina General Assembly and a fresh legislative session present an opportunity to significantly advance government transparency and the people’s right to … more
Lorraine “Lorry” Williams, the first woman to serve as executive editor of The Fayetteville Observer and a career journalist, died Tuesday morning. Williams, 59, had battled with … more
Last month we wrote about best practices in framing your public records requests.  This month, we offer some specific language to put in your email or letter if you are responding to a public … more
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