When little news is big news in small places

July 18, 2015

The Roadshow takes a slight diversion this month, a dip into sunny Tuscany where Mr. Joke finds a parable and lesson about the importance of community journalism in the charming 16th century hill town of Montepulciano.         The world … Continued

Mr Joke under the Tuscan sun

July 15, 2015

  The Blue Highways Roadshow takes a turn to old Italy, where in Montepulciano, Italy, we find a fabulous hill town that has much to teach the frantic-paced American about what’s really important in life: living well, loving your family, … Continued

Back to the future, and the Eastern Wake News.

June 14, 2015

  June 14, 2015 Welcome to the 15th Annual Johnny Appleseed, Charles Kuralt, James Taylor, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Frost, Scott Peck, Woody Guthrie, William Least Heat Moon, ‘Possum-Dodgin’, Chigger-Slappin’ Summer Community Journalism … ROADSHOW! … Continued

See the Lightning, love the Lightning, want the Lightning

May 24, 2015

ROADSHOW 15: In Which Mr. Joke Returns to His Roots  Fresh from his adventures teaching community journalism in China, “Mr. Joke” (because many of my Chinese hosts could not pronounce “Jock” correctly) hits the blue highways of the Old North … Continued

NC Community Journalism Roadshow enters 15th summer

May 17, 2015

  ROADSHOW 15: In Which Mr. Joke Returns to His Roots Fresh from his adventures teaching community journalism in China, “Mr. Joke” (because many of my Chinese hosts could not pronounce “Jock” correctly) hits the blue highways of the Old … Continued

Mr. Joke’s China photo album

March 23, 2015

UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer is back from his fourth trip to China in as many years, after documenting a whirlwind two-week teaching gig to four cities in China where he advised community newspaper start-ups and helped to launch a … Continued

I am not special — this is everyperson’s story

March 19, 2015

  You don’t really know someone until you’ve visited his or her childhood home. The pilgrimage to the place where Chen Kai was raised has left me sobered. And a little stunned by my own naivety. The meteoric rise of … Continued

In which teacher Zhu gets his day

March 17, 2015

    It will be nearly impossible to describe last night with Mr. Kong, the benevolent government publicity director of Liu Shi. It is he who came up with the idea to create the Liu Shi Today newspaper, and it … Continued

Old China, new China — never far apart

March 15, 2015

  The distance between old China and new China is as thin as one of one of Mama Ying’s almost porous, transparent crepes. Just around the corner from the Western style mall with Starbucks, KFC and Pizza Hut, you will … Continued

In which Mr. Joke becomes a panda

March 15, 2015

I have just come from an experience no self-respecting American journalist should ever have to endure: a command performance with the assigned topic of “The Role of Newspapers and the Government.” That would be a simple enough topic were I … Continued