“Whether it is a good song, positive conversation, such as the ones Blades & Crystal have each morning, or the good deeds of others, my emotional well-being is better suited to the positive and avoiding the negative.”
“So much for the popular Nextdoor mantra, ‘When neighbors start talking, good things happen’; a more accurate one might be, ‘When judgmental locals start talking, local places get unfairly dissed.'”
Based on their work with teens experiencing depression, local professionals discussed their observations of a major factor that has changed in young peoples’ lives since 2005: near-universal use of social media.
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.
While organizations continue to use traditional forms of community engagement such as printed mailing lists and media relations, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have widened their scope of donors and support.
In case you missed the most interesting thing to happen on social media this week, an escaped llama had dozens (dozens) of Twitter users on the edges of their seats this afternoon.
When Xpress asked local educators for ideas about the focus of the annual Kids Issue, two distinct ideas rose to the top: activism and a kid’s view of the world. This week we focused on activism. We received a cornucopia of submissions, including the one you see below.
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If you haven’t already noticed, it snowed quite a bit. Here’s what Ashevilleans have to say about today’s weather.
Sitel has reached a settlement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on charges that it violated workers’ rights at its Asheville call center. While the company admits no wrongdoing, it does agree to meet many of the union’s demands, including posting notices of workers’ rights at its facility and changing its social media and solicitation policies.
Recently, at a local supermarket, a woman who had just gone through the checkout line in front of us wasn't walking away with her purchases. After the cashier scanned our items and told us our total, the woman turned to us and said, "It's on me." Stunned, we could only utter, "Sorry?" But she repeated, […]
A fascinating look behind the scenes at Mission Health as the staff and board dealt with a social-media-fueled crisis in 2008-2009, and from that challenge learned to embrace social media.
The city of Asheville is shifting staff as part of an effort to improve social media and community relations. Asheville Police Department spokesperson Melissa Williams will move into a general community relations role, including overseeing the city’s blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts, while Lt. Wally Welch will take on public information duties at the APD.
The city of Asheville is launching a new question and answer effort from the public, this time via Facebook, complete with a video introduction.
A trip to Asheville’s Downtown Market nets everything from tempeh to toilet paper. City Council jumps into social media. Shuler fights for re-election (against what odds?). Clouds — all this and more, in the wide world of Xpress’ staff blogs.
The singer/songwriter/harmonica player/hip-hop artist/bluesman in his own words, tweets, blog posts and videos.
What happens when allegations of serious crimes go public via social-media? Asheville grappled with that complicated question this week, and the answers are still coming in.
Ian Bryan of Asheville-based marketing firm Sensible City asks the question: How can we better use social media to cope with future storms. Input wanted!