2021 NCPA Convention

2021 NCPA Convention Agenda

Day 1 (Thursday)  Feb 25, 2021  3:00 NCPF board meeting  Meeting will be held live via Zoom Day 2 (Friday) Feb 26, 2021 9:00 NCPA/NCPS Board meeting  Meeting will …

Welcome to the 2021 NCPA Convention

Public Notices- Your Right To Know
Your Right To Know

Public notices catalog government actions in cases of competitive bidding, rezonings, budget hearings, auctions, property transfers, delinquent tax notices, street name changes and more. They alert the public to disruptive land-use changes for things like sewer plants, asphalt plants and garbage incinerators. They tell the public in advance about proposals for traffic-clogging high-density developments and plans for wider roads or new roads.
Instead of eroding the public’s right to know, county commissioners and city council members should be providing as much information as possible to all their constituents, including the many who have no internet access or poor service.

What role do newspapers play? 

Newspapers are a community forum. That role does not change with the manner in which you receive local news important to you. 

- Newspapers have proved to be a lifeline of community news vital to the public during the pandemic; instead of killing the messengers, counties and cities should continue running legal notices in newspapers and help maintain this vital line of communication to the local community.

Limiting public notice to government websites is a Bad Idea.

Because as many as one-third of North Carolinians do not have internet access, can't afford it, and would not visit government operated websites even if they had internet access.  These efforts to LIMIT public notice would bury public notices on a website that few if any citizens visit and effectively would kill the public's right to know.     

These measures put local governments into private business, expanding government reach. Posting of public notices to government sites is not a healthy option for democracy. Newspapers are an independent third party responsible for printing and archiving a permanent record of these public notices - who would be held accountable if these notices were only required to post on a government run website?  

NC citizens rely on Public Notices in Newspapers

A recent market study from Coda Ventures found: 

  • 6.6 million North Carolina adults read a newspaper product every month for information about their local community.  

  • 72% of adults read public notices in local print or digital newspapers.

  • 68% believe governments should be required to publish notices in a newspaper as a service to the community.

  • 86% cite local newspapers as their “most trusted” source for public notices vs government websites.

Statewide Public Notices from NC Newspapers

Public Notice Resources
Why Public Notices Should Remain In Newspapers
Legislative Links

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Industry News & Moves
Industry news
HD Media files first of its kind antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook A West Virginia newspaper company has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook charging the internet giants with monopolizing the digital advertising market. This is believed to …
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LMA’s NewsFuel to oversee well-known journalism grants directory developed at Raleigh News & Observer A robust online directory of funders and grant opportunities for journalism, started by a news executive in Raleigh, N.C., will move to a new home beginning Feb. 1 as part of the NewsFuel program at …
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Eddie Lane Fitzgerald 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. …
Mark Rogers named editor of The Sanford Herald 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 …
In a career that started and ended at UNC, he molded generations of young journalists Mike Yopp spent most of his life molding generations of journalists. But his legacy as a mentor and leader began when he was just a young journalist himself. Yopp died from a stroke Thursday at …
NC news
Judge sides with media outlets in public records lawsuit against Columbus sheriff 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 …
Judge quietly seals death records of NC man that deputies are accused of killing 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 …
Counties once again looking to operate in the dark  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 …
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