• Legal Hotline: Last minute political ads

      • Oct 22, 2015
    Q: Isn't there a rule in Pennsylvania that restricts last-minute political ads? A: Yes, but it was declared unconstitutional and is unenforceable.
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  • Legal Hotline: Email deliberation

      • Oct 15, 2015
    Q: A local borough is facing a large and unexpected invoice. Borough council president emailed co-council members about the budget shortfall and asked for proposed spending cuts and opinions on each proposal. Does this solicit “deliberation” outside of a public meeting, and can elected officials use email to deliberate outside a public meeting? A: There is no exception to the Sunshine Act that allows deliberations by a quorum to take place in the manner described, and the email discussion raises Sunshine Act compliance issues.
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  • Kevin Slimp column: Critiquing pages

      • Oct 08, 2015
    In October, I traveled to Albuquerque, where I gave the Saturday keynote address at the New Mexico Press Association Convention. On Sunday morning, I caught a flight to Orlando, where I spoke at an international conference made up of newspaper and magazine publishers.
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  • Legal Hotline: Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

      • Oct 08, 2015
    Q: Occasionally, readers will post copyright-protected material on our Web site. Is there any way to avoid a potential copyright infringement claim in this situation? A: Yes, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. §1201, et seq., offers website operators a safe harbor from copyright infringement liability resulting from third party postings, if certain conditions are met.
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  • Use the right advertising tool

      • Oct 01, 2015
    You may have heard the story about the man who asked the clerk at the hardware store for a wrench. “What kind of wrench?” the clerk asked. “Just show me what you’ve got,” the man replied. Not quite knowing what to do, the clerk pulled a socket wrench from the shelf. “I think I’ll try it,” the man said.
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  • Legal Hotline: HUD Fair Housing Notice

      • Oct 01, 2015
    Q: Are newspapers required to run an equal opportunity notice as part of the real estate classified section? A: There is no Pennsylvania or federal law that requires newspapers in Pennsylvania to publish a fair housing notice, but federal fair housing regulations encourage publishers to do so.
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  • Legal Hotline: On-campus crime statistics

      • Sep 24, 2015
    There are several public colleges and universities in our circulation area, and I’m working on a story about crimes that occur on campus. I requested access to information about crimes from campus police, but they denied access based on the criminal investigation exception to the Right to Know Law. Isn’t this information public?
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  • Pennsylvania’s Newspapers and AT&T Team Up Against Distracted Driving with 'It Can Wait' Editorial Contest

      • Sep 24, 2015
    The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA), the PNA Foundation, Pennsylvania’s newspapers, and AT&T are joining together again to host an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
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  • Terry Egger Announced as Keynote Speaker at PNA’s 91st Annual Publishers’ Convention

      • Sep 24, 2015
    The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is pleased to announce the addition of Philadelphia Media Network Publisher Terry Egger as the 2015 90th Annual Convention keynote speaker. Egger will speak about his vision for the Philadelphia media properties and his thoughts on the future of the news media industry.
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  • PNA Partners with PLS on New Statehouse Stringer Member Service

      • Sep 18, 2015
    The PNA is pleased to announce the launch of a new member service called Statehouse Stringer. This service will allow members to request on-demand stories specific to their markets, written by political reporters at Pennsylvania Legislative Services (PLS) who are familiar with the Harrisburg political landscape.
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  • Legal Hotline: Advertising tax-free cigarettes

      • Sep 17, 2015
    Q: A cigarette outlet on a Native American reservation in another state wants to advertiser tax free cigarettes in our paper. Is that OK? A: No, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue takes the position that claims of tax-free cigarettes are false and misleading, and as such, they should not be published by newspapers.
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  • PNA to Host News Innovation Session at Pittsburgh Innovation Festival

      • Sep 17, 2015
    Spreading the good news of innovation and technology, the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a week-long event that creates a platform for a wide range of organizations to share how they are improving their respective fields. Thrival invites new and creative ideas from health care companies, game developers, educational companies, news media organizations, nonprofits, and more.
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  • Calkins Media's Guy Tasaka Named Local Media Association Innovator of the Year

      • Sep 11, 2015
    Guy Tasaka, chief digital officer and vice president at Calkins Media, has been selected as the recipient of the Local Media Innovator of the Year award. The LMA award is bestowed upon a senior-level local media executive that has been the catalyst for transformative change at their company.
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  • John Baer earns PNA Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence

      • Sep 11, 2015
    The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is pleased to announce that John Baer, a reporter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, is the recipient of the Association’s 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence.
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  • PNA Lifetime Achievement Award to be Presented to James G. Blaine

      • Sep 11, 2015
    The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is proud to present the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to James G. Blaine. Established in 1998, the award recognizes an individual with a track record of excellence and service to newspapers and journalism.
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  • Legal Hotline: Public Meeting Policy

      • Sep 10, 2015
    Q: A borough policy requires citizens to notify the agency in advance if they plan to record public meetings. The policy also threatens criminal sanctions if a citizen records a public meeting without permission from the agency. Does the Sunshine Act allow them to do this?
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  • Legal Hotline: Inspection of public records

      • Sep 03, 2015
    Q: Does the RTKL require agencies to allow inspection of public records? I just want to look at meeting minutes, but the agency said I need to pay for copies.
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  • Ad Conference Half-Day Workshop: Selling in the Real World

      • Sep 02, 2015
    Sales trainer Mike Centorani of Sales Transformation Now, Inc. to lead half-day workshop “Selling in the Real World” on September 24 in conjunction with the 2015 PNA Advertising Conference.
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  • Legal Hotline: RTKL and student settlements

      • Aug 20, 2015
    Q: I filed a RTKL request with a local school district, seeking access to all settlement agreements that involve students that were entered into last year. The school district denied access, citing confidentiality clauses and FERPA, arguing that the settlements are not public because they are educational records. Can they do that?
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  • Legal Hotline: Google Maps

      • Aug 13, 2015
    Q: Can we use Google Maps images in print ads? What about in ads appearing on our website?
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