Does N.C. Abhor a Vacuum?

June 16th, 2008; 3:18 pm by Ryan Thornburg

My question today for my fellow North Carolinians: Do McClatchy’s layoffs create any journalistic slack? If so, who among you will pick it up?

News & Observer to cut 70 jobs

Observer to cut 11% of workforce

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3 Responses to “Does N.C. Abhor a Vacuum?”

  1. Andy Bechtel Says:

    The N&O is apparently pulling the plug on the “West” edition covering Chapel Hill/Carrboro and Durham. So there’s probably room to fill in whatever coverage is lost in that move.

  2. Paul Jones Says:

    The Carrboro Citizen is already doing as much coverage of this area - Chapel Hill/Carrboro - as the McClatchy-owned Chapel Hill News. I haven’t seen exactly how badly the CH News was cut, but it won’t take much for the Citizen to grow into a real competitor especially with McClatchy choosing to be one streamlined state-wide paper with the Observer-News-Observer (aka O NO).

    The Independent often rivals the N and O in investigative stories and in opinion. The Chapel Hill Magazine has picked up the wedding picture business and does it that in color.

    What’s common about these papers/magazine? They are completely advert supported.

    Now the question that I have is who will cover the developments in the Eastern part of NC especially changing areas like those served by ECU’s medical school and services? Between there and the coast there is a large under-served population

  3. Ryan Thornburg Says:

    Paul, Good point about the Carrboro Citizen and The Independent.

    And also a good point about eastern NC. Local coverage there seems to be dominated by Freedom’s ENC.com

    My concern is that with the merger of the O NO political staffs that we are severely outgunned in the battle to hold powerful people accountable. An opportunity for a network of NCians to cover what their local pols are doing in Raleigh and DC? An opportunity to train them? An opportunity to connect them?

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