NCPA News
National Newspaper Association First Amendment Award Goes to North Carolina Publisher Tom Boney
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 …
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NORTH CAROLINA PRESS FOUNDATION APPLICATION FOR LEGAL SUPPORT GRANT
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 …
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2020 NCPA Editorial and Advertising Awards 
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 …
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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. …
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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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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 …
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Relevance Project Revenue Resource Updates Ads
The Relevance Project Revenue Resource (www.relevanceproject.net) has updated its ALL TOGETHER NOW promotional series for 2021. Download today! The new selection of three messages can help …
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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 …
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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 …
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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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Members on the move
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 …
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New market leaders chosen, advertising manager named for Times-News
A trio of Gannett publications tucked into North Carolina’s Piedmont area – The Times-News in Burlington, The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro and The Dispatch in Lexington – recently …
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First African-American woman to lead the YES! Weekly newsroom
NC TRIAD — YES! Weekly, the oldest and largest circulated alternative weekly newspaper in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad region, is getting a change in leadership. Chanel Davis, …
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Beth Hutson named news director for The Fayetteville Observer
Beth Hutson, who started at The Fayetteville Observer as a copy editor in 2008, has been named the newspaper’s news director. Hutson, who has been serving as the newsroom editor responsible …
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Morefield named News-Topic publisher
The new publisher of the News-Topic is a North Carolina native who has spent over 33 years in the newspaper business. Keep reading
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Tom Bennett, retired journalist and Scout columnist dies
Tom Bennett, a retired journalist, advocate of speech and press freedoms, historian of daily newspapers in Atlanta, environmental columnist for The Cherokee Scout, and a disabled Army veteran, died …
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Stella Anderson Trapp
Stella Anderson Trapp, who published and edited The Transylvania Times for more than 30 years and loved Transylvania County with all her heart, died Thursday, Dec. 17, at …
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John Lynch, former Wilmington StarNews publisher, dies at 83
John A. Lynch, who served as the publisher of the StarNews from 1987 to 2000, has died. He was 83. The cause was long-term pulmonary disease, said his son, Williams Brock Lynch of …
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News & Observer and Herald-Sun have a new leader in the newsroom
Sharif Durhams, who made history as a journalism student at UNC-Chapel Hill and has spent the last dozen years helping produce news for digital audiences in Milwaukee and at CNN and The Washington …
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Lasure promoted to Watauga Democrat, All About Women editor
BOONE — Hired at the Watauga Democrat as a staff reporter in February 2017, Kayla Lasure was promoted to the editor position of the Watauga Democrat newspaper …
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Industry News
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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DOL ruling allows for reporters, photographers to be treated as salaried employees
The United States Department of Labor published four opinion letters in response to requests for an opinion regarding an interpretation of various aspects of federal wage and hour laws. One of those …
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USPS delays are threatening small-town newspapers. So is a postage price increase.
Jeff Wagner hardly knew what to tell his delivery driver when the man returned one day in late December from a run to the post office in their northern Nebraska town with a trailer still full of …
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Guidance for journalists on trusted messengers and effective COVID messaging
The National Association of Broadcasters and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute have shared initial findings of nationwide research conducted to equip local journalists with insights to …
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N.C. journalists file emergency appeal to get court access
GRAHAM — Three newspapers have asked the North Carolina Court of Appeals to order courts in a county where rally-goers were pepper sprayed and arrested to stop barring reporters from court …
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Gaston Commissioners' Libel Suit At Odds With First Amendment, Experts Say
Last month Gaston County’s Board of Commissioners filed a libel suit against The Gaston Gazette because of an article questioning the county’s process for settling workers’ …
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How the Denton Record-Chronicle reduced print days and grew their digital subscriber base with BLOX Live e-Editions
"In the fall of 2019, we made the business decision to go digital in a big way," said Bill Patterson, Publisher for the Denton Record-Chronicle. "Selling print orders was really difficult for us …
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JAWS offers Alice Stipends to support local news journalists
In response to the pandemic and its impact on local news coverage (more than 1 in 5 local newspapers have closed), the Legacy Fund of the Journalism and Women Symposium will provide stipends for …
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Report issued by ranking member of Senate committee calls local journalism 'irreplaceable'
Local journalism is "essential for healthy communities, competitive marketplaces, and a thriving democracy," states a 67-page report issued by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the ranking member of the …
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Now's Not The Time For Newspapers To Be Shy
You can’t overuse the Relevant wish, “Have a good week.” Not now. We’ll need it as Election “week” (or, gulp, weeks) allegedly starts tomorrow. The …
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