Blue Highways Journal

From Murphy to Manteo — and on to Beijing

July 10, 2011

The following is the foreword I wrote for a groundbreaking book at press this summer in China, titled “An Introduction to Community Newspapers in the United States.” The author, Associate Professor Chen Kai of the Communication University of China in … Continued

Eastern Press Association roundtable a must for 2012

July 10, 2011

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSOCIATION MEETING MAY 13-14, 2011 For the last two years I’ve been privileged to participate in one of North Carolina community journalism’s best-kept secrets: the Eastern North Carolina Press Association annual gathering at Carolina Beach. Remember … Continued

Updated newspaper stats: a Tar Heel snapshot

July 10, 2011

The following figures come from the 2010 North Carolina Newspaper Directory, and the statistics reflect ONLY the membership of the NCPA, to which the vast majority of NC papers belong; but it must be stated that there are many newspapers … Continued

WHEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE: Tornado coverage by the Sanford Herald

April 28, 2011

By Jock Lauterer Director Carolina Community Media Project The April 16, 2011, tornadoes that raked North Carolina took practically everybody by surprise. Twenty counties were hit, and in each community, local readers depended on their hometown community newspapers for in-depth … Continued

Taking the Newsroom to the Classroom: Mrs. Birdyshaw and the Pilot

July 27, 2010

By Jock Lauterer Director Carolina Community Media Project Publishers have no business whining about lost youth readers if they aren’t aggressively nurturing reciprocal relationships with local middle and high school administrators, teachers and students. It’s called “Growing your own Readers,” … Continued

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