North Carolina Press Foundation

The NC Newspaper in Education Foundation and the First Amendment Foundation merged in 1995 to form the NC Press Foundation (NCPF). NCPF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to defend citizens' right to know, promote civic participation through literacy programs and other educational initiatives and provide small loans/grants to assist in legal representation for the state's journalists. The board has identified the following priorities:

  • Newspapers in Education
  • First Amendment advocacy
  • Literacy
  • Litigation services
  • Media Law Handbook
  • Scholarships for the high school journalist of the year
  • Newspaper history project

Bylaws of North Carolina Press Foundation


Legal Support

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 receive funds no more than once per year. Members may apply for up to $1,000 in funding but should be prepared to match those funds. (A member may apply for a waiver of this requirement if matching funds are impossible or would pose a severe hardship.) If a grant recipient succeeds in a judicial fee application, the recipient shall return the grant funds to the NCPF Litigation Fund. The grant recipient shall give the Board a brief, semi-annual update on the matter so long as it is pending.

The Foundation Board or a subcommittee of the Foundation Board will vote on grant applications. A preference will be given to applicants seeking to use funds for open government initiatives, including demand letters and litigation, but NCPA members needing
assistance in defending against subpoenas and libel or privacy litigation defense also may apply for aid.

Apply here.

Travel and Tourism Ads

NCPF funding is provided in large part thanks to NCPA member newspapers running space-available print and digital ads in partnership with Visit NC. Please download and run these ads when you can. New ads are now available!

Media Law Handbook

Know your rights. Know your NC Media Law. Click below to view the online resource the professionals use; the NC Media Law Handbook. Continuous updates make this the most valuable legal resource for reporters, editors, and practioners. 

NC Media Law Handbook

North Carolina Scholastic Media Association