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

On being taught by one’s students

March 11, 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

Do I like Justin Beiber?

June 3, 2013

Our intrepid traveler is three weeks into a month of lecturing at conferences, newspaper workshops and universities in Shanghai, Chongqing, Hefei and Zhengzhou, China. This follows last summer’s Fulbright to Beijing, where he taught at three universities, and where at one … Continued

A girl named Snappy

May 22, 2013

  Mr. Joke Returns to China Our traveler returns to China this summer for a month of teaching, lecturing and learning at industry and university sites in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing. Last summer, during his Fulbright to Beijing, he was … Continued

Welcome to Chongqing

May 21, 2013

  Mr. Joke Returns to China Our traveler returns to China this summer for a month of teaching, lecturing and learning at industry and university sites in Shanghai, Nanjing and Chongqing. Last summer, during his Fulbright to Beijing, he was … Continued

Thanks, Shanghai, I needed that

May 21, 2013

  I had to travel halfway around the world to get to know better someone from just down the road. Fellow American and newspaperman Bill Horner of Sanford, North Carolina, USA, had been recruited to come to China with me … Continued

Circles within circles: Mr. Joe to Sanford

July 11, 2012

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012 Headline: Mr. Joe to Sanford! A huge success with daughter Kate, who is a delightful kid, translating so effortlessly – and Publisher Bill Horner III going way beyond just being hospitable, spending three hours with us, … Continued

“Mr. Joe” comes to N.C.

June 30, 2012

In Which We Come Full Circle TUESDAY JUNE 12, 2012 How entirely fitting that this summer’s 12th annual Community Journalism Roadshow kicks off with a Chinese connection in the Old North State. Today China comes to the U.S., bringing the … Continued

“Mr. Joe” Versus the Volcano

May 29, 2012

UNC senior lecturer Jock Lauterer is on a two-week Fulbright to China to give lectures and lead seminars at three Beijing universities. He is the author of “Community Journalism: Relentlessly Local,” 3rd. Ed, and most recently was the project manager … Continued

Speaking of international languages

May 22, 2012

UNC senior lecturer Jock Lauterer is on a two-week Fulbright to China to give lectures and lead seminars at three Beijing universities. He is the author of “Community Journalism: Relentlessly Local,” 3rd. Ed, and most recently was the project manager … Continued