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The North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) 1 and the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA)2 strongly support the Government Transparency Act of 2021 – Senate Bill 355 – … more
The days of having government employees fade into oblivion without any mention of the misdeeds that led to their dismissal may soon be over in North Carolina if the newly proposed Government … more
Senate Bill 355 — the Government Transparency Act of 2021 — would at last allow the public to see the disciplinary files of public employees, files that have long been held in secret in … more
Accountability journalism is sometimes bigger than competition. That’s been a central tenet of the N.C. Watchdog Reporting Network, a coalition of dozens of reporters and editors at … more
A team-building exercise among Asheville City Council members is an “official meeting” and not an “informal gathering” under the law, according to a Buncombe County … more
A growing number of senators are signing on to a bill that would make more information available to the public on government employee performance. Under Senate Bill 355, a description of the … more
Over the four decades that he helped to shape the identity of Gaston County’s primary source of news, former Editor Bill Williams might have been best known for the weekly, down-to-earth … more
Last week, many newspapers wrapped up coverage of Sunshine Week, a time set aside to promote government accountability through public records and public meetings. In North Carolina, the idea of … more
As a publisher, I welcomed Sunshine Week in March. It was always a valuable opportunity to account for indispensable news coverage and commentary that shined the light on government actions and … more
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to buying advertising to reach a national audience. The effective network already exists — and it works just fine, thank … more
Murphy – The Cherokee Scout, the primary news source for residents of Cherokee and surrounding counties since 1889, has added two new members to the local news … more
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for … more
National Newspaper Association will recognize the publisher of the Alamance News, Graham, NC, with its First Amendment Award on March 18, during Sunshine Week.  The award will be presented … more
The North Carolina Press Foundation has set aside funds to support the litigation efforts of NCPA members, including pre-litigation legal assistance and litigation.   NCPA members may … more
Contact: Philip Lucey, NCPA Executive Director. phil@ncpress.com Friday, February 26, 2021NCPA Virtual Convention (Raleigh, NC) North Carolina Press Association members were honored during the … more
Eddie Lane Fitzgerald died on February 10, 2021 at Kinston Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Eddie was born in Kinston on (January 23, 1959) to parents Hawthorne and Mildred Fitzgerald. … more
Citing a “substantial failure to comply” with state public records law, Judge John W. Smith sided in civil superior court Monday with a coalition of four media outlets, including The … more
A newspaper editor with more than three decades of experience has been named editor of The Sanford Herald. Mark Rogers, 57, of Archdale, began his duties Monday. “I’m excited to … more
Forsyth County prosecutors asked a judge Friday to prevent state records on the death of Forsyth County jail inmate John Neville from being released to The News & Observer. The N&O … more
Like a bad penny, legislation to hide public notices from the public is back in N.C. General Assembly. House members have filed separate bills that would allow 14 counties in the Piedmont and … more
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