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A service of the Public Notice Resource Center and the National Newspaper Association

News websites eclipsing government sites as alternative source of notice?

Public notice legislation introduced so far in 2024 suggests state legislatures are growing increasingly comfortable allowing news websites to serve as an alternative source of official notice. That comfort ...

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Public notice year in review

2023 was a lot like 2022: A pretty good year marred primarily by the vote of a GOP-dominated state legislature to allow some local governments to publish notices on their own websites in lieu of local ...

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Move to government websites picks up steam in Ohio

Townships in Ohio are seeking the same power already granted to municipalities in the state: the power to publish notice via the internet instead of a local newspaper.

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Ohio enacts law curtailing newspaper notice

Unbeknownst to most in the newspaper business, two months earlier, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had signed into law measures buried within the legislature’s 6,198-page budget bill that will bring sweeping ...

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Public notice picture coming into focus

PNRC has been tracking approximately 230 bills introduced this year that have at least a minimal connection to public notice law. 

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Is New York the Wild West of public notice?

The New York Times reported last month on several incidents in which public officials revoked public notice contracts “in an effort to punish their hometown newspapers for aggressive coverage ...

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Pennsylvania reporter Lockwood wins public notice reporting award honoring late Michael Kramer

Jim Lockwood, a reporter for the Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been named the 2023 winner of PNRC’s Michael Kramer Public Notice Journalism Award.

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Public notice reporting tips

Learning from the master: How Jim Lockwood weaves award-winning journalism out of public notices

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What's new with public notices?

Last week, Louisiana became the first state to pass a law that will eventually make newspaper websites the primary platform for public notice and Jackson County, South Dakota, government officials ...

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Don’t hide your online notices!

Most people don’t know that in Newspaper World, public notices are considered “classifieds,” so they wouldn’t think to look for them there. That’s why your “public notices” ...

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About those Disney notices ...

You might have heard that the Walt Disney Co. recently took steps to frustrate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempt to strip the entertainment conglomerate of its power to appoint members of the board ...

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Newspapers in two states battle over right to publish notices

The newspapers supporting the measures in both states were founded by entrepreneurs in communities where the paid-circulation newspapers have experienced multiple rounds of layoffs and cutbacks in recent ...

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Bills undermining newspaper notice introduced in multiple states

Bills have been introduced in at least 15 states allowing or requiring official notice to be published on various platforms other than local newspapers. That’s significantly more legislative activity ...

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Public Notice Year in Review

When Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7049 in May, Florida became the first state to enact a law allowing local governments to publish notices on their own websites rather than in newspapers.

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