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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 … Read more

The Summer of 11: a Roadshow Recap

July 31, 2011

by Jock Lauterer Director the Carolina Community Media Project It’s not called “the Blue Highways Journal” for nothing. As many of you already know, the name comes from the title of the book by William Least Heat-Moon in which “blue … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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,” … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more