Ashvegas and the Asheville Citizen-Times announced today an innovative media marriage, a collaboration of David and Goliath, to see “how to bring the best of the blog into print on a regular basis,” explained Jason Sandford, who recently switched horses from Mountain Xpress to his former ride: the Citizen-Times. “But we’re not sure what that really means, and what form it will take,” he added in an article that appears today in the online version of the Gannett daily.
Sandford continues, “For you, loyal readers, that means a front-row seat to an experiment in progress. We’re figuring this out as we go along, and we’re bound to make mistakes. I hope you’ll keep that in mind as you follow along and offer your own advice and suggestions.”
Sandford served for two years as multimedia editor at Xpress. His departure was announced here.
Aside from growing his Ashvegas blog, Sandford studied journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked as a reporter at publications including the Elizabethtown, N.C., Bladen Journal; the Elizabeth City, N.C., Daily Advance; the Florence, S.C., Florence Morning News; and European Stars & Stripes (while based in Germany). He also worked for nearly a decade at the Asheville Citizen-Times, as both a reporter and editor, prior to his stint at Xpress.
“Welcome to fabulous Ashvegas,” he muses in today’s announcement. “I grew up in Asheville and have lived and worked in this great town for most of my professional life. Its streets and sensibilities, its hipsters and hillbillies, its mountain views and zany news provide endless fodder for observers like me.”
Stay tuned, and don’t touch that dial.