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In Which the Hot Dog Man Trumps the Roadshow

August 21, 2008

I went up to Oxford the other day to do some teaching, but instead come back the enlightened student. My intended target, the unsinkable Al Carson, editor of the Oxford Public Ledger, needs no schooling in journalism — or life … Read more

The Smoky Mountain News: Not Your Father’s Community Paper

August 11, 2008

During this summer while the Carrboro Commons staff members have either graduated or completed J-459 (Community Journalism), this space follows the statewide ramblings of Carrboro Commons adviser Jock Lauterer, who, for the last eight summers, has led community journalism workshops … Read more

Gene Roberts never got too big for his britches

July 21, 2008

Everyone needs a hero. Gene Roberts is mine. Arguably the most decorated living Tar Heel journalist, the 75-year-old Roberts started small before becoming a national figure. But even when he reached the top, he never turned into what my mama … Read more

Greater than good: The State Port Pilot

July 3, 2008

June 24, 2008 In a day and age when we hear so much doom and gloom about the newspaper industry, it’s a pure pleasure for this old newsie to hit the road each summer to lead workshops at quality, thriving … Read more

The challenge of covering McCity

June 9, 2008

A visit to the LNT at LKN 6/04/08 If you want to know how much Mooresville, N.C., has changed in a mere decade, just ask Bill Kiser, editor of the Lake Norman Times. We are having lunch at “Indigo Joe’s,â€? … Read more

A Visit to One Very Cool Web-Savvy Newspaper

May 21, 2008

Jock Lauterer is the NNA’s newly-appointed grand poobah of community journalism, but the title he really likes is “guy.â€? Jock is also the director of the Carolina Community Media Project at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the … Read more

Bucket Brigadiers Reflect

January 2, 2008

Gregg Found on publishing in the real world: It was nice to know that the reporting you were doing wasn’t just for practice. It was for real. And I think that challenged and pushed all of us a little bit. … Read more