The Robeson Journal: a model of diversity

July 20, 2009

The 9th annual Johnny Appleseed Community Roadshow rolls into Lumberton in southeastern North Carolina where the 2003 indy startup weekly Robeson Journal is duking it out with the competition. Not only is this colorful “relentlessly local” paper making a go … Continued

The Maxton Times: the cleanest news in town

July 15, 2009

by Jock Lauterer Director, Carolina Community Media Project I think I may have stumbled on the way to save newspapers. Operate them out of laundromats. No, seriously. Think about it. People HAVE to wash their clothes, and while they’re spinning … Continued

A Sentimental Journey back to the Wake Weekly

June 15, 2009

by Jock Lauterer Director, Carolina Community Media Project In this, the 9th summer of the Community Journalism Roadshow, our latter-day Johnny Appleseed is targeting indy and semi-indy non-daily newspapers, which are clearly weathering The Great Recession far better than their … Continued

The Garner Citizen: Put on your seat belts!

June 4, 2009

by Jock Lauterer Director, Carolina Community Media Project Over the last nine summers, I’ve led community journalism workshops at over 130 Tar Heel newspapers. This summer, I’ve decided to focus on the independent (or semi-independent) community papers, particularly the so-called … Continued

HERE’S YOUR MODEL: Continuity and Accessibility

May 21, 2009

By Jock Lauterer May 2009 Permit me to disabuse you of the notion that all newspapers are failing. Sure, we all know that many major metro dailies were already in a dismal state prior to the economy tanking last fall, … Continued