In the Aug. 27 issue, we looked back at Mountain Xpress in the ’90s — the paper’s first years. Who produced it? Why did they do it? What difference did it make? For answers, we turned both to former staffers and to civic activists.
This week, national and local journalists took a closer look at Aug. 6 news that media company Gannett — owner of the Asheville Citizen-Times — is restructuring for what it is calling the “newsroom of the future.” At the company’s Asheville publication, the changes mean that about a half-dozen staffers will likely lose their jobs, while […]
Verve Magazine, the local, monthly publication devoted to “covering Asheville’s most fascinating women,” will cease publication with its June issue, Publisher Rimas Zailskas confirmed June 26. Launched in May 2008, Verve dished up lively features accompanied by striking photos. “So even though it is a little sad, it is an opportunity as well,” Zailskas said, […]
Asheville Free Media has been providing a wide variety of original, community-oriented programming since 2009. Up to this point, the volunteer, grassroots station has been broadcasting exclusively online, but after the FCC granted it a Low-Power FM construction permit earlier this year, the nonprofit is looking to take the station to the airwaves.
At a Feb. 27 legislative briefing in Chapel Hill, Rep. Chris Malone updated members of the North Carolina Press Association on a handful of issues related to the journalism industry.
While Friday’s part of Asheville City Council’s annual retreat focused on broad policy matters, Saturday morning’s session focused on perceptions (including “very bad” ones) and relationships (sometimes not very happy ones) with the legislature in Raleigh and the local public.
Late last month, multiple local publications reported that their boxes were missing from the streets of downtown Asheville. Late last week, some of the boxes were found in an abandoned Haywood Street parking garage. There is no word yet on who put them there.
Almost 50 newspaper boxes from a variety of publications are missing from downtown Asheville, with some having mysteriously disappeared in recent weeks. Both city staff and representatives of some of the publications have no idea who is behind the disappearances. File photo by Max Cooper.
Longtime local conservative activist Don Yelton is getting national attention for contentious comments he made Oct. 23 on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. However, he says he stands behind them.
Over 100 business leaders gathered at Pack’s Tavern Oct. 8 to honor several longtime staffers who were recently laid-off by the Asheville Citizen-Times.
After five years of arts coverage, editing and leadership, Co-Managing Editor and Arts & Entertainment Editor Rebecca Sulock announced this week that she will be leaving Mountain Xpress.
Following trends in Gannett-owned publications nationwide, the Asheville Citizen-Times laid off a total of eight staffers yesterday — six of them from its newsroom, including longtime columnist Susan Reinhardt and Ashvegas reporter and blogger Jason Sandford.
When it comes to child development, a healthy life includes not only what’s for dinner but what’s on the screen, according to Dr. Michael Rich, who’s considered the world’s first “mediatrician.”
After more than doubling the number of golden accolades the local TV station took home last year, the WLOS news team won seven Emmy Awards from the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday night. Click here for the full list of award-winning pieces. (Photo courtesy of WLOS reporter John Le. David Saich, who won two Emmys for the station, not pictured above.)
After protesting the policies of North Carolina’s Republican legislators, freelance state government reporter and contributing editor for Xpress Nelda Holder was charged with second-degree trespassing. Consequently, she says she acknowledges the larger implications the arrest has for her as a journalist and her work for the Asheville-based publication.
Local progressive radio personality Lesley Groetsch is back on the air, hosting a daily show on 1350 WZGM.
With six awards, Xpress designers received statewide recognition recently when it came to their creative ad designs. The accolades came from the North Carolina Press Association’s 2012 Best Ad Contest.
At an awards ceremony held in Chapel Hill earlier this evening, the North Carolina Press Association announced the winners of its 2012 News, Editorial & Photojournalism Contest — and Mountain Xpress was one of them. This year, the Xpress news team took home three awards in the following categories: Investigative Reporting, News Feature Writing and Best Multimedia Project.
“Today’s student has literally received messages from millions of channels, all with varying standards and styles,” says UNCA lecturer Michael Gouge. And the result, he maintains, is a generation that’s been inundated with information — without being taught how to read between the lines.
Student journalism is nothing new: Guided by faculty advisers, kids have been producing yearbooks, literary magazines, in-house news broadcasts and school newspapers for many years. Now, however, even those traditional activities have become another means of teaching media literacy.
What makes a successful advertisement? Recently, the Asheville chapter of the American Advertising Federation found out when its members celebrated the best of the best in advertisements — from video to print graphics — at its chapter-level ADDY awards ceremony. (Photo by Cindy Kunst of Clicks Photography)