Xpress announces staff reductions in response to business impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Due to cancellations and closures among music venues, restaurants, performing arts spaces and other businesses — some of the newspaper’s biggest advertisers — about half the revenue that supports Xpress’ community-focused reporting has vanished in a matter of days. Publisher Jeff Fobes asks you to chip in and help Xpress through this challenging time.
Announced at the N.C. Press Association’s annual banquet in Raleigh on Feb. 27, Xpress’ wins also included a second-place finish in the General Excellence category for the state’s largest community newspapers and individual awards for five staff members.
Watch this space for the latest 2020 primary election results for Western North Carolina and commentary from the Mountain Xpress news team. The post will be updated regularly throughout the evening.
For the best shot at seeing your letter to the editor published in Xpress’ print issue before the March 3 primary, please send your missive by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, to email@example.com.
“But, I feel strongly that we must be careful of our word usage, especially writing for a newspaper where your ‘voice’ is the words you use.”
“You have all played a very important role in shaping Asheville as it has grown and changed. Your commitment to local makes a huge difference in our little town.”
“Why do we always assume that cave people (who were still learning to use tools, or were even good with tools, and — better yet — possibly good with each other) were stupid?”
While Xpress can’t replace the volume of the coverage a fully resourced Citizen Times and other daily newspapers provided this community for over a century, we will continue to highlight the topics that have been our mainstays for many years: local government and economy; the region’s environment; arts and entertainment; food; history; health and wellness; opinion; and community happenings.
Local media operations mostly held their own in 2018. While the Citizen Times staff are now tenants in their historic building in downtown Asheville, the paper bagged first place for general excellence in a statewide competition (from which Xpress also brought home a plentiful array of awards). Learn what media expert Jon Elliston found notable on the local media scene in 2018.
“Regardless of what you think about our presidential lapdog representing District 11, and whatever it is you think about our conservative court system, it seems to me that a local publication should not yield its opinion section to prepared advocacy statements from organizations outside of the state.”
For the best shot at seeing your letter make Xpress’ print issue before the Nov. 6 election, please send your missive by 5 p.m. Oct. 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Facebook Live forum hosted by Blue Ridge Public Radio and the Mountain Xpress on Wednesday, Oct. 17, offered District 2 candidates Glenda Weinert and Amanda Edwards an opportunity to address issues like affordable housing, opioid abuse, and the omnipresent criminal investigation into former county officials.
“Readers interested in monarchs and participating in citizen science programs should be aware that viceroys and monarchs occur in much of the same range, including Western North Carolina.”
“The otherwise lovely cover on the [Sept. 26] edition shows a viceroy butterfly, a great monarch imitator.”
“Especially, thank you for the illustration skills of Irene Olds and Brent Brown.”
In a celebration of all things voted Best of WNC in 2018, Mountain Xpress and Highland Brewing Co. (winner in several beer and brewery categories) partnered to throw a party for the second year in a row. With nearly double the attendance from the previous year, the fun was flowing in Asheville.
“Undocumented alien is just as legitimate a descriptive as any of the words used for any other crime, which describes the criminal and the crime.”
“Lots of insight into helping us transplanted urbanites comprehend the ongoing support for our current president, whom many of us consider an amoral charlatan, even when they are voting against their own interests.”