Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Rhino Times Finally Gets On Board With Public Notice for Weekly Papers as a Part of State Law
This past week Rhino Times 2-12-2015 in it's Short Stack section of paper had this to say,
"The Greensboro City Council is obsessed with Senate Bill 36 which will mean some of them will have to move if they want to get reelected to the City Council. The way they talk you’d think it was the end of the world.
But there are other bills being introduced down in Raleigh that are important to me. It appears that several bills will be introduced to end the monopoly that mainstream newspapers have on legal advertising. When the laws were passed it made sense to require legal notices be placed in a major newspaper in the area, increasing the likelihood that interested parties would find them.
But today there are so many other ways to advertise. Free weeklies is one of my favorites, but there is also radio and television, billboards, web pages, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Vine. And while I admit I don’t know what a couple of those things are, I know that putting information on our website works and is really inexpensive.
Why should the state require advertisements be placed in mainstream newspapers? It doesn’t make sense, in particular because the mainstream newspapers benefitting from the law are mainly liberal and the legislature is now run by Republicans."
We also had a Guilford County Delegation meeting last week on 2-12-2015 where Triadwatch spoke in regards to this issue of allowing non paid subscriber papers in Guilford County to be allowed to be a part of public notices in North Carolina like weekly papers triad city beat, yes weekly, rhino times and Northwest Observer. Here is a link to the video and me speaking from the 5;45 minute mark to the 7;32 minute mark here is the link
Hopefully we will see a local delegate from Guilford County propose a bill to allow the weekly papers to be a part of the North Carolina public notice laws. One aspect that is very relevant is that now you need to pay for a paper to see the public notice but if this law were to come to fruition then this part of public notices will be free to all the citizens by going to a kiosk to pick up their free weekly paper to see the public notice. It will be interesting to see if the lobbyist for the N.C. Press Association will fight these bills to allow the weekly papers a part of the public notice pie.