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  • Sunshine On Government Keeps You Informed

    BRAD SIMPSON, President, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association|Mar 17, 2022

    A new Pennsylvania law protects your right to be informed about what issues government officials plan to deliberate or act upon at public meetings. That means you get a heads up that township supervisors might OK a cellphone tower behind your house. Or that the county could raise your taxes. Or that your school district is preparing to lay off teachers. Act 65 of 2021 requires government agencies to make meeting agendas available to the public at least 24 hours before a meeting. The law that took effect Aug. 29 and was sponsored by state Sen....

  • PNA Responds to Treatment of Journalists During Protests

    BRAD SIMPSON, President Pa. NewsMedia Association|Jun 11, 2020

    There is always a line. There is always a line. A line that, when crossed, is a step too far. The police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, were doing their jobs until they crossed the line and George Floyd became a victim of police brutality that ended tragically with his death. Had those police officers not crossed that line, George Floyd would still be alive today. Peaceful protestors have been rightfully demonstrating their outrage over senseless police brutality and racism that still exists in this country. There were others across the...

  • It's Your Government. Demand Openness.

    BRAD SIMPSON, President Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association|Mar 19, 2020

    Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.” We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days. As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.” In journalism, the reference to sunshine takes on an equally important meaning. Each year in March, news media organizations across the country celebrate Sunshine Week. We take this time to highlight the importance of transparency in our government, and we underscore the vital work our jo...