Herald-Standard (PA) awarded $120K in legal fees in open records case with state DOC

In a “first-of-its kind” enforcement proceeding, the Herald-Standard was awarded nearly $120,000 in legal fees stemming from an open records fight with the state Department of Corrections. “Requester here advocated the public interest in a matter of public health affecting a captive population,” wrote Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson. In March, Simpson found that the…

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Industry Insight: To Sustain Journalism, News Organizations Tweak the For-Profit Model

Profits have disappeared. Survival is in question. So why don’t local news organizations just become nonprofits? It’s a question that’s been posed with increasing frequency in recent years, often in the wake of steep newsroom cuts. Hundreds of independent online news sites operate as nonprofits. Public radio is an increasingly important and active part of…

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Today, hundreds Of newspaper editorials state: “We’re Not Enemies Of The People”

The nation’s newsrooms are pushing back against President Donald Trump with a coordinated series of newspaper editorials condemning his attacks on “fake news” and suggestion that journalists are the enemy. The Boston Globe invited newspapers across the country to stand up for the press with editorials on Thursday, and several began appearing online a day earlier. Nearly…

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Editorial: Public notices belong in newspapers

Public notice requirements are inscribed in Nebraska statutes for many reasons, but good government is at the top of the list. Public notices ensure Nebraskans an opportunity to participate in their government and to track what's happening at city hall, at the county courthouse and in the assortment of entities that serve and regulate them.

So many areas of our lives are touched by government it is key that the people in charge are open and accountable. Public notices ó published in newspapers ó are an integral part of good government.

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