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Best practices in public notice

Richard Karpel, Public Notice Resource Center

Efforts by government officials to move public notices from local newspapers to government websites pick up steam every year. State press associations are battling on several fronts to preserve newspaper notice and to protect the public’s right to know.

Are the newspapers that publish legal notices upholding their end of the bargain? Are they treating the notices with care and taking steps to promote their visibility and readership? Are they following best practices to ensure that publishing notices in newspapers remains the best way to inform the public about official actions?

The Public Notice Resource Center (PNRC) will identify those best practices and share tips on how to improve the industry’s position at its first-ever symposium on Best Practices in Public Notice on Sept. 22, held in conjunction with the National Newspaper Association’s 130th annual convention at the Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn. The half-day conference will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m., immediately prior to the welcome reception that opens the NNA convention.

The symposium will feature a series of presentations and panel discussions based on the official Best Practices in Public Notices recently adopted by the PNRC Board of Directors. The program will help newspapers understand how to increase readership of public notices and to provide the kind of customer service to their clients that will support industry efforts to keep them in print. The symposium will also focus on ad design -- Ed Henninger will present ideas on how to make public notices visible and readable -- legislative strategies and the role of digital notices in furthering the public interest.

Illinois Press Association and Tecnavia are both sponsoring the symposium.

The early-bird registration fee, which includes lunch, is only $25. The deadline for early registration fee, available on the NNA Convention website, is Aug. 26.

PNRC is an educational non-profit organization jointly supported by American Court and Commercial Newspapers, NNA and state press associations, including NAME OF STATE PRESS ASSOCIATION. Its mission is to educate the industry, the public and policymakers on the public’s right to know.

Registration: https://nna.formstack.com/forms/nnaconvention2016

Information about the symposium: http://www.pnrc.net/best-practices-in-public-notice/

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