• Times-Shamrock continues family tradition of progress

      • Jan 26, 2016
    Times-Shamrock Communications has more than 100 years of family tradition behind it.
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  • Al Dia adapts to bilingual world

      • Jan 26, 2016
    Philadelphia's Spanish newspaper, Al Dia, has been working to reach readers outside of the Spanish-speaking community, while staying true to the Latino-American experience.
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  • America East 2016 conference lineup packs a punch

      • Jan 26, 2016
    The 2016 America East Media Business and Technology Conference, administered by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and scheduled April 4-6 at the Hershey Lodge, is poised to offer a powerful session lineup for anyone working in the news media industry.
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  • Legal Hotline: Snow Emergency

      • Jan 22, 2016
    Q: Some of our carriers were ticketed by local police for delivering during the recent snow storms. Don’t news media personnel have the right to drive on roads that have been closed to the general public, such as during some snow emergencies? A: Yes. Under Pennsylvania Law, certain vehicles are given special operating privileges on Pennsylvania roads. More specifically, the law grants certain privileges to vehicles used in the business of newsgathering for any news medium.
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  • Temple University supports Newspapers' digital practices

      • Jan 21, 2016
    Temple University's School of Media and Communication launched a project that will support four newspaper newsrooms as they identify ways to improve their digital practices through changes in technology, workflows, and even job roles.
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  • Calkins Media Director of Advertising featured in E&P story

      • Jan 20, 2016
    Calkins Media's Director of Advertising Deanna Fox was featured in Editor & Publisher's article, "Newspaper Leaders Identify Their Biggest Challenges and How They Plan to Win in 2016."
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  • Philadelphia Gay News celebrates 40th anniversary

      • Jan 19, 2016
    The Philadelphia Gay News celebrated its 40th anniversary on Jan. 3.
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  • Philadelphia Media Network's newspapers, website donated to Philadelphia Foundation

      • Jan 18, 2016
    Philadelphia Media Network owner Gerry Lenfest is donating the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com to a nonprofit media institute, the Philadelphia Foundation.
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  • Billy Penn partners with PolitiFact

      • Jan 18, 2016
    The online Philadelphia-based news website BillyPenn.com has partnered with PolitiFact to expand its coverage.
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  • Legal Hotline: HIPAA directory update

      • Jan 14, 2016
    Q: I asked a hospital treating a man involved in a serious car accident about his status. The hospital refused and said HIPAA prevents the release of all patient information. Does HIPAA prevent hospitals from releasing any and all information about patients?
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  • Legal Hotline: Sunshine notice for regular meetings

      • Jan 07, 2016
    Q: Does the Sunshine Act require agencies to provide a general meeting notice at the beginning of the year, and if so, what are the requirements? A: Yes, the Sunshine Act requires agencies to provide public notice of its regular meeting schedule.
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  • Legal Hotline: Right to Know Law response extension

      • Dec 17, 2015
    Q: An agency requested an additional 30 days in which to respond to my Right to Know Law request. The agency’s estimated response date gives them 30 business days to produce a final response. I thought agencies were limited to 30 calendar days. Which is correct: 30 business or 30 calendar days for an agency time extension?
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  • Legal Hotline: Police video

      • Dec 10, 2015
    Q: Are police dash camera videos public records under the Right to Know Law? A: Yes, the Commonwealth Court has held that state police dash camera video is presumptively public under the Right to Know Law, subject to redaction.
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  • Legal Hotline: Budget copies

      • Dec 03, 2015
    Q: A borough in our coverage area gave public notice of its proposed budget, and when I asked for a copy, borough officials refused and said the public isn’t entitled to a copy. Borough officials said that I can look at a copy at the borough building during specific inspection times, but the hours are very limited. Can they do that? A: No. A proposed budget is a public record, and copies must be provided. Moreover, the proposed budget must be available for public inspection during the county’s normal business hours.
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  • Legal Hotline: Gift card promotion

      • Nov 19, 2015
    Q: We are considering implementing a promotion that would give new subscribers gift cards redeemable at businesses that advertise with us. Some advertisers want to make the gift cards expire after one year. Does the law prohibit expiration dates on gift cards? Are the rules the same for paper and electronic gift cards? A: Federal law prohibits gift cards from expiring for at least five years from the date the card was purchased, or from the last date any additional money was loaded onto the card.
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  • Christian Hendricks of McClatchy named America East keynote

      • Nov 19, 2015
    The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) is pleased to announce the addition of McClatchy Vice President of Products, Marketing and Innovation Christian Hendricks as the 2016 America East keynote speaker on Monday, April 4 at the Hershey Lodge. Hendricks will share McClatchy's reinvention story as well as speak to the “untold" transformation of local media from an operator’s perspective.
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  • Ernie Schreiber editorial on House Bill 1538

      • Nov 06, 2015
    Next week, state lawmakers will consider passage of a bill that would conceal from the public the names of any police officers who shoot their guns in the course of their law enforcement duties.
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  • Openness the right call for Kane committee proceedings in Senate

      • Nov 06, 2015
    The state Senate committee reviewing the functioning of the Attorney General's office after the emergency temporary suspension of Kathleen Kane's law license will hold its first public hearing on Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m., in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building
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  • Legal Hotline: Housing for older persons

      • Nov 05, 2015
    Q: What documentation is required in order for newspapers to allow “adult 55+,” “retirement community,” or “senior housing” in a housing ad? A: Newspaper publishers are generally not liable for this type of wording in housing ads if they rely in good faith on the advertiser’s formal, written statement regarding its ability to provide housing for older persons as defined by law. Advertisers must also address federal anti-discrimination laws in their written statement.
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  • Legal Hotline: Right to Know response time calculation

      • Oct 29, 2015
    Q: I submitted a RTKL request to a local agency on Monday morning via email, but didn’t hear back from them until Friday, when the RTKL officer “acknowledged receipt” of my request via a reply email. Their message also said they are beginning the RTKL time calculation beginning Friday rather than the day I actually emailed my request. Is that right? A: The Right to Know Law’s response time provision has been interpreted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to start running against an agency when the agency’s RTKL officer actually receives the written request.
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