North Carolina print media largely ignore a new ban on mailing those incarcerated in the state

Local North Carolina media, especially print media, did not cover the extent of the impact of the state’s ban on mail to prisoners. Card and photo scans are not a substitute for the real artifact, and much of the contraband is not sent by post. And yet, these are details that nearly every outlet in North Carolina has ignored.


Media Matters searched print articles in the Factiva database of local North Carolina newspapers for any of the terms “text behind” or “text behind” or any variation of any of the terms “prison”, “inmate” “or” incarcerate “in the 10 words of” mail “,” letter “,” card “,” photo “or” work of art “from September 15 to October 25, 2021.

We have included the following newspapers: The Anson Record, Asheville Citizen-Times, The Biltmore Beacon, Bladen Journal, The Blowing Rocket, The Blue Banner, The Brunswick Beacon, Business-North Carolina, Carteret County News-Times, The Caswell Messenger, Charlotte Business Journal, The Charlotte Jewish News, The Charlotte Observer, The Charlotte Post, Cherokee Scout, Clay County Progress, The Clemmons Courier, The Chronicle, The Courier-Times, The Courier-Tribune, Crossroads Chronicle, The Daily Advance, The Daily Courier, The Daily Dispatch, The Daily Herald, The Daily News, The Daily Reflector, The Daily Tar Heel, The Dispatch, Duplin Times, The Enquirer-Journal, The Fayetteville Observer, The Franklin Press, The Franklin Times, The Free Press, The Gaston Gazette, The Graham Star, Greensboro News & Record, Hickory Daily Record, High Point Enterprise, The Highlander, Independent Tribune, Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer, The Laurinburg Exchange, The McDowell News, Mebane Enterprise, Th e Mec klenburg Times, Mitchell News-Journal, Montgomery Herald, Mooresville Tribune, Mount Olive Tribune, The Mountain Times, The Mountaineer, The Mt. Airy News, The Nashville Graphic, The News & Observer, The News Herald, The News of Orange County, The News Reporter, News-Topic, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, The Pilot, Richmond County Daily Journal, Roanoke-Chowan News Herald, The Robesonian, RockinghamNow, Salisbury Post, The Sampson Independent, The Sanford Herald, Smoky Mountain Times, The Enterprise, The Stanly News and Press, The Star, Statesville Record & Landmark, The Stokes News, Sun Journal, The Sun-News, The Sylva Herald and Ruralite, Tabor-Loris Tribune, Technicien, Tideland News, The Times-News, Triad Business Journal, Triad Business Journal Online, Triangle Business Journal, The Triangle Tribune, The Tryon Daily Bulletin, The Warren Record, Washington Daily News, Watauga Democrat, The Wilson Times, The Yadkin Ripple or Yes! Weekly.

We have included all the articles on the ban, which we defined as cases where the ban was mentioned in the title or the first paragraph of the article. We have included news articles, which we defined as print articles in the news section of the newspaper, and opinions, which we defined as editorials, editorials, opinion pieces and letters to the editor. .

We also searched the Kinetiq database for transcripts for local television in Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham (Fayetteville), Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson, Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Greensboro – High Point – Winston- Salem, Chattanooga, Myrtle Beach-Florence, Greenville-New Bern-Washington, or Wilmington Markets for any of the terms “text Behind” or “textbehind” or any of the terms “prison”, “prisoner”, ” detained ”or“ incarcerated ”in the 20 words of one of the terms“ mail ”,“ letter ”,“ card ”,“ photo ”or“ work of art ”from September 15 to October 25, 2021.

We included all segments on the ban, which we defined as cases where the ban was the stated topic of discussion or where we found an important discussion about the ban. We have defined important discussions as instances where two or more speakers in a multi-topic segment discussed the ban with each other. We included news stories, which we defined as cases where the presenter or host reported the news without turning to a correspondent, and correspondent reports, which we defined as cases where a journalist or correspondent filed a call. relationship with the presenter or moderator.

We then examined all of the articles and segments identified to determine whether they included the perspective of a person currently or formerly incarcerated or a loved one of a person currently or formerly incarcerated or if the ban might have an impact. negative on the mental health of prisoners.

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