“I understand that fewer pages cost less to produce, but how many more pages would it take to use 11-point copy that is much easier to read?”
“Women need to be mainstreamed into the high-growth, scalable, fundable entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
“Our community is fortunate to have so many impactful groups working on behalf of animals, as the need for help is large in Western North Carolina.”
This season, Give!Local donors could help Asheville’s one-stop platform for philanthropy top $1 million. Since Mountain Xpress launched the annual campaign in 2015, the community has helped raise over $750,000, benefiting more than 100 area nonprofits.
As part of the Local News Ideas-to-Action Series, the Virginia-based national media nonprofit American Press Institute awarded Xpress a $9,300 grant to create a guide to local government decision-making for land development. The guide will cover the stages of review that projects face on their way from concept to final approval, what aspects are considered at each step and what avenues exist for public input.
The paper’s 2020 Voter Guide earned second place in the special section category of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s annual awards, announced on July 23. The competition included 54 publications and 598 entries from across the U.S. and Canada.
“Substantial opinion letters such as those in your June 23 issue are why I’ll turn first to the Xpress in Asheville or Bill Moss’ Lightning in Hendersonville for thoughtful attention to local issues.”
Xpress, along with the Asheville Citizen Times, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Carolina Public Press and Asheville Watchdog, had incurred nearly $4,200 in attorney fees after suing Asheville over its plan to hold a March 31 City Council retreat behind closed doors.
The decision comes after a coalition of media outlets, including Mountain Xpress, took legal action to block the city of Asheville from holding a five-hour closed door meeting.
A coalition of media organizations takes legal action to ask courts to open the publicly-funded meeting.
“As someone who spends my entire life creating music events and desperately needs people to be vaccinated so we can put millions of music/service-industry people back to work, I was shocked to see the image on the cover.”
“Your recent cover regarding a reluctance by many to get a COVID vaccine sends such a terrible message.”
The paper’s staff as a collective received three awards, including first place for appearance and design. The 2020 general election voter guide — which was shaped by reader requests and received significant funding support from the community — bagged third place for public service.
Mountain Xpress’ 2020 Give!Local campaign to raise funds and awareness for 44 community nonprofits wrapped up on Dec. 31 as the most successful to date. The sixth annual effort saw 570 individual donors give a total of $233,564, a 65% increase over the previous year’s total of $141,207 from 400 donors. 2020’s impact was boosted […]
From our publisher: “As 2021 dawns, we need to adjust our operations in anticipation of what’s shaping up to be another challenging year. Our focus and commitment must be on positioning Mountain Xpress to continue serving the Western North Carolina community and preserving our ability to rebound when business conditions ease.”
“Imagine my shock and utter dismay to find two full-page ads for cigarettes.”
Former Xpress managing editor Jon Elliston shares his recap of key developments in 2020’s local media landscape.
The Xpress advertising team has a unique window into the region’s small-business community. After nine months of local economic turmoil, advertising representatives David Furr, Sara Brecht and Tiff Wagner reflect on the year’s ups and downs.
“It speaks volumes to the possibility of a true healing in our emotionally challenged times.”
“You at least had the large disclaimer of a few of the deadly health effects, so my question is why would the MX even consider running an ad for this?”
For your best shot at having your locally focused letter to the editor publish in Xpress before Election Day, please submit your missive by the end of the day Tuesday, Oct. 20.