State Press Association Roundup: COVID-19 updates and inspiration

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America's Newspapers and Media Virus Watch want to highlight columns, insights and inspiration from state press associations from across the country.  What resources are you able to share to benefit newspapers nationwide?  Email cdurham@newspapers.org.

Florida Press Association — During this unexpected crisis, our newspaper teams can bring local businesses creative ideas that engage local residents when delivered through our member’s print and digital reach and frequency programs, and by driving awareness and results like no other media. Here are some ideas!

Kansas — The Kansas Press Association has compiled a list of newsroom resources on its website to keep members informed ... and will be adding to the resources on the site over time.  Check it out!

Kentucky — Kentucky’s community newspapers, large and small, in digital and in print, are taking action to keep its communities informed on everything from the latest news about the virus itself to the importance of social distancing. Read this column from Peter Baniak, past president of KPA.

Mississippi — Member resources and tips as of March 24.

New York — Stuart Richner, president of Richner Communications, is encouraging New York newspapers to publish an editorial in support of the small business stimulus proposal, which the company believes will be beneficial to small business owners, New York State and local media companies.  View the editorial that was sent to all NYPA members to be printed in a coordinated effort to advocate for the proposed policy that Richner Communications has proposed.

North Carolina: Newspaper members are reminded that there is nothing about the governor’s state of emergency declaration that relieves public officials and public agencies of their obligations under North Carolina open government laws.  Neither the governor nor local officials can wipe away those requirements.   Plus, a quick refresher on the Open Meetings Law.  Read about the need for transparency in a time of COVID-19.

Oklahoma: In a press conference about his executive order concerning essential and non-essential businesses, Governor Kevin Stitt referenced federal guidelines that are already in place. Fortunately, communications workers, critical infrastructure workers and media services are included. To assist newspaper employees and independent contractors, OPA has prepared a draft letter for members' voluntary use declaring their staffers as critical infrastructure and communications workers at the newspaper, including newsgathering, production and delivery workers. Find the sample letter and more info at okpress.com.

Pennsylvania — The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association has debuted a new website focused on coronavirus coverage in Pennsylvania. The website, PACoronaNews.org, features a collection of coronavirus articles and resources from around the state to showcase members’ coverage. Visitors to the site will be able to view publications by county and link directly to each outlet’s homepage or dedicated coronavirus page if applicable.

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