Welcome to the forum, call me cynical, but the news media is notoriously liberal and while they may not be 100% anti-gun, they are definately not pro-gun.
In my opinion, the best way to educate is by OCing and giving the Alabama Firearm Rights Associations tri-fold pamplet out to anyone who asks about the legality of your OCing of a handgun.
Also, you do know that according to AL law you must have a CC permit to carry a handgun in a vehicle right?
Go here for the flier: http://alabamagunrights.org/
They also have a forum, look over to the right in the 'links' section.