“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.
At a June 6 meeting with local newspaper representatives, Downtown Commission members and Asheville city planners presented ideas for restricting the height, placement and configuration of newspaper boxes. The commission hopes to assess the feasibility of the voluntary rules over the next 45 days, gathering data before finalizing the proposal. Two days later, the full […]
At a sometimes tense Feb. 2 meeting, representatives of more than a dozen local publications (including Mountain Xpress) met with city staff concerning possible restrictions on newspaper boxes in downtown Asheville. The meeting, held at City Hall, was called by city staff and members of the Downtown Commission, who claimed they’d received many complaints, both […]
In this edition of Local Matters—the Xpress weekly news podcast—reporter David Forbes talks about the recent removal of newspaper boxes by the County and the recent announcement of candidates for Asheville City Council, and reporters Christopher George and Jake Frankel talk about the heated meetings around the new congressional redistricting plan. Hosted by News Editor Margaret Williams.
Every once in a while I feel guilty about not volunteering at my kids’ school more often. That’s when I make the mistake of blurting out half-baked ideas. Ideas like: “Hey, I want to help the fifth-graders produce a school newspaper.”
A head-on collision in Transyvlania killed six people. Guns and ammo are flying off the shelves in Mitchell County. Turkey hunting season has begun, but it was a human who was shot and killed in Wilkes County. UNCA students debate the appropriateness of giving legendary picker Arthel “Doc” Watson an honorary degree. And festival season kicks off in a big way this weekend. That’s just some of what’s been making headlines around the mountains this week.
Mountain Xpress employees will see an across-the-board pay cut of 5 to 10 percent effective Jan. 1, owner and publisher Jeff Fobes announced Dec. 19. The Asheville-based weekly has seen a recent decline in both classified and retail advertising, Fobes said. The corresponding decline in revenue, which is likely to extend into 2009, has forced […]
A laid-off staffer of the Asheville Citizen-Times speaks.
Mountain Xpress employees will see an across-the-board cut in pay of between 5 and 10 percent effective Jan. 1, owner and publisher Jeff Fobes announced Friday.
Print to Web: What local papers say Xpress surveyed Buncombe County newspapers about their online offerings. Some declined to take part or did not respond. The information below was derived from those surveys and other research by Xpress. Our questions were: How much of your print content is available online? Is online content archived? Is […]
Whether it’s merely a reflection of the ailing economy, the rise of the Internet or the death knell of daily print journalism, newspapers nationwide are in a severe tailspin. Asheville’s local daily, the Asheville Citizen-Times, is among those feeling the heat. Paper losses: The Asheville Citizen-Times recently announced that it’s laying off 16 people as […]
Massive Gannett layoffs expected across the country. Asheville Citizen-Times likely to lay off workers, in addition to the 60 laid off from print-plant closure.
The Asheville Citizen-Times made 23.49% profit on ad sales of $20.6 million between January and September 2007, according to blogger Jim Hopkins.
The gas shortage certainly grabbed the headlines this week across Western North Carolina, but there was more to the news than just that. A top mental-health official stepped down from his post after an investigation; a professor has been named “N.C. Fall Color Guy”; energy drinks may be banned from a local school system; and a jellyfish was discovered in a mountain pond.
This week, Western Carolina University students have a new place to play; a new clinic for veterans has opened in Franklin; and there was a smelly winner in a recent game of “cow paddy bingo” out in Clay County.
Here’s a sneak preview at what’s coming up in the Aug. 20 edition of Mountain Xpress.
We’re wanting for rain, but bursting with news. This week, reports on the drought, a new casino in Cherokee (and a vote on permitting alcohol in gaming facilities there), a new roller coaster at Ghost Town in the Sky, local Libertarian developments and more.
Here’s a look at some of what’s been happening around WNC recently: The founder of a controversial Henderson County animal shelter faces dozens of charges of animal mistreatment; a group of school children met Jesus in Black Mountain; police are investigating an Asheville dentist who mysteriously shut down her upscale dental office; the economic engine that is the WNC Agricultural Center will soon get bigger; and there’s a big reward offered in the attempted bombing of a Boone Wal-Mart.
In a time of increasing — some would say alarming — corporate control of mass media, feisty independent local journalism appears to be thriving here in Asheville, with no less than six weekly and two monthly indie newspapers on the street. Admittedly, many are labors of love produced on shoestring budgets, but together they ensure […]