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

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

China: the elevator speech

March 6, 2015

THE BACK STORY Returning for his fourth time in as many years, UNC-CH Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer is documenting a whirlwind two-week teaching gig to four cities in China where he will be advising community newspaper start-ups and helping to … Continued

Watching those seedlings grow

July 29, 2014

  The greatest reward a teacher can get is seeing former students succeeding in the real world. So it was with deep satisfaction that the Roadshow recently visited the Sanford Herald where long-time pals Publisher Bill Horner III and Editor … Continued

Think Globally; Report Locally

July 12, 2014

  Even though the World Cup doesn’t involve their country’s team — and the games are quite literally on the other side of the world — one community newspaper in Finland found a way to make local the big game … Continued

The Community Journalism Roadshow turns 14

July 9, 2014

Editor’s Note: Writing about home while afar brings a ring of truth to the narrative. Truth be told, I am writing this while seated at an outdoor café in Old Town, Vilnius, Lithuania, with the poignant strains of the Beatle’s … Continued