A project of Democracy Fund

NC Press Association: Training Program

In Brief

The North Carolina Press Association Training Program will train hundreds of journalists across North Carolina on strategies to obtain government records that will fuel bold reporting, inform the public, and inspire increased civic participation.


The North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) supports newspapers statewide, offers a legal hotline, and hosts an annual convention. The NCPA is focused on defending “the public’s right to know” by advocating for open government and championing First Amendment freedoms.

To combat decreasing government transparency, the association will host training opportunities for hundreds of news professionals and citizens statewide to equip them with the information they need to seek out data-driven stories and successfully navigate public access to government records. In a time when the freedom of the press is under fire, this program will work to embolden journalists, inform citizens, and increase civic participation.

In Their Own Words

“The NC Press Association is proud and excited to be a part of this important initiative offered by the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund. This grant will allow us to collaborate with journalists across the state to increase access to public data and meetings in order to keep residents informed and investigate local issues. Our goal, with the help of these funds, is to create training that will result in a more knowledgeable news staff, which is anticipated to promote higher quality reporting, and ultimately, a more engaged citizenry.”

Phil Lucey, North Carolina Press Association Executive Director

How to Connect

Learn more about the NC Press Association via its website. You can also find it on Twitter and Facebook.

Total Commitment

2018: $33,000 for one year

Learn More

Dive deeper by learning about the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund and discovering our other grantees.