The State of Things
11:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The Future Of Community Newspapers

Saving Community Journalism book cover

Community newspapers and new technology

The advent of the internet forced many industries to adjust, and newspapers were no exception. To deal with new competition and the changing face of advertising, community papers are reaching across platforms. A new book, "Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability" (The University of North Carolina Press/2014) seeks to assist local papers in that transition.


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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu April 10, 2014

“Liberating Dixie” Traces 50 Years Of Southern Life

Liberating Dixie by Ed Williams

Ed Williams spent almost half a century writing for newspapers in Mississippi and North Carolina. His journalism career started at The Daily Mississippian and continued through 35 years at The Charlotte Observer.

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The State of Things
11:22 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Sunshine Week Inspires Dialogue About Open Government

Sunshine Week encourages conversation about open government.

An expert panel discuss the state of public records law in North Carolina

This week is Sunshine Week, a time when newsmakers and advocates push for increased transparency in government. North Carolina public records law gives citizens and journalists equal access to information and mandates that all requests be responded to "as promptly as possible."

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The State of Things
12:47 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

The Editor And The Dragon: A North Carolina Journalist Takes On The Ku Klux Klan

The Editor and the Dragon
Credit / Southern Oral History Program

A new film debuts on UNC-TV tonight, Thursday January 9th. "The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights The Klan" tells the inside story of a man of courage, the journalist Horace Carter.

Filmmakers describe the story this way:

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The State of Things
1:20 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

To The People, Food Is Heaven

Journalist Audra Ang spent seven years reporting from China.
Credit Greg Baker

To The People, Food Is Heaven

Audra Ang worked as a foreign correspondent for the AP in Beijing, China for seven years. 

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

A Year In The Life Of The New York Jets

Nicholas Dawidoff's new book Low Collision Crossers is a look inside a year in the life of the New York Jets.
Credit Little, Brown

Host Frank Stasio talks to Nicholas Dawidoff about his new book, “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football”


To outsiders, football may look like bone-crushing mayhem.  The headlines coming out of the NFL center around concussions and bullying.

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The State of Things
9:25 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Raleigh Throws Its Doors Wide Open

The city of Raleigh hosts the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival this weekend.
Credit / flickr

A panel discussion about Raleigh's growth and development


Thousands of bluegrass fans will pour into downtown Raleigh this week for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. 

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Mon August 5, 2013

North Carolina Journalist Gives A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Local Media

I Never Promised Not To Tell by Grady Jefferys

  Originally broadcast March 13, 2013

Frank Stasio talks with journalist and author Grady Jefferys.

The Pew Research Center released its annual State of the Media report for 2012, and television news viewership is down. Political coverage has declined, and on local TV news, 40 percent of the content is made up of traffic, sports and weather. Meanwhile, newspaper newsrooms in 2012 employed 40,000 people, the smallest number of full-time journalists since 1978.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu June 13, 2013

New Novel Tackles Corruption, Journalism And The Law

Cover of Jon Buchan's book, 'Code of the Forest'

South Carolina lawyer Jon Buchan is fond of saying that all journalists and attorneys have at least one good novel in them. He's been mulling his for years, but he's finally finished and published it. "Code of the Forest" tells the story of a scrappy newspaper, trying to survive an onslaught by a senator determined to silence it. It examines the subtle underpinnings of corruption.

Buchan says that corruption, as he portrays it in his book, is a much more subtle form of influence. One that might infect a politician before they realize it's too late.

Lawyer and author Jon Buchan talks about his new novel 'Code of the Forest'

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Politics & Government
12:09 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Exploring Media's Impact In A Time Of Crisis

As the media covered the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, they also made mistakes. News outlets, with reputations built on truth and accuracy, spent air-time speculating rather than reporting.  Some of the early, incorrect reports posed threats to innocent people who were wrongly-implicated in the bombing.

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