I signed up for Community Journalism because I wanted it to be one of my classes during my senior year at UNC-Chapel Hill, and boy, I really didn’t know what I was in for. When Professor Jock Lauterer started speaking to the class about local journalism and reaching the community, his excitement and enthusiasm was almost stifling it was so contagious. I didn’t know what to expect, but it wasn’t that. By the end of the class, though, the class was sold, and on a cold day in early January, 15 students started a journey to go beyond the college bubble of Chapel Hill. Our classroom is in charge of two community newspapers, the Carrboro Commons and the Durham Voice.
Like usual, the Durham Voice is now in the hands of a new staff. About every about four months, the publication is run by an entirely new set of students with different visions, skill sets and aspirations. But each semester the students have the central goal to shed light on the communities that deserved to be bragged on. As we begin regularly publishing stories and pictures, we are turning over a new leaf, each of us hopeful that we will be as good, if not better. We have just as much heart as the previous staffs.
While this blog is dedicated to the Northeast Central Durham and the Durham Voice, I wanted to give a shout out to the entire class and the staffs of each publication. We students are exclusively dedicated to our publication- everyone helps each other with story ideas, artwork suggestions and potential sources. We are all in this together, striving to become stronger journalists and to give the towns the attention they deserve.
So, without further ado, I present the 2013 Spring Semester staff of the Durham Voice and Carrboro Commons.
DURHAM VOICE STAFF
Cammie is a junior journalism and mass communication major at UNC-Chapel Hill. This semester, she is serving as co-editor of the Durham VOICE. She also works as assistant city desk editor at The Daily Tar Heel and is an intern at the Carolina Alumni Review. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, Cammie loves reporting on people and happenings in her home region.
My name is Brian Fanney and I’m a junior journalism and information science double major working for the Durham VOICE. I’ve worked as an assistant city editor for The Daily Tar Heel and a general assignment reporter for The Frederick News-Post. I will be working for the business desk of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this summer. Besides journalism, I’m interested in computers and technology and worked as a lab technician for the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. I enjoy working on cars and rebuilt the engine in my Pontiac Firebird last summer.
I’m Elizabeth Byrum and I am currently a senior studying journalism, global studies and Spanish. I was born in Durham and raised in Raleigh, but as the arts editor for the Durham VOICE, I am excited to make a return to my birthplace. In addition to the VOICE, I am the assistant Diversions editor at The Daily Tar Heel as well as a contributing blogger for Let’s Go travel. Finally, I am passionate about the Spanish language and have been greatly involved with the Latino community of the Triangle, primarily as an ESL tutor. Aside from writing, a few of my favorite things include traveling, frequenting coffee shops and eating breakfast for dinner.
My name is Anna Starnes and I am a junior majoring in journalism and history at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am a reporter for The Durham VOICE and an intern for Reese News, a multimedia news organization run through the journalism school. I studied abroad last semester so it’s exciting to be back and meeting the incredible people of Durham.
To start with the easy stuff, I am a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Tampa, Florida. I’m double-majoring in journalism and global studies. After freelancing for the Durham VOICE last semester, I am now the VOICE’s chief investigative reporter. I’m also a member of the Living Galapagos multimedia project and worked as a communications intern last summer with a nonprofit in Kenya. I also have served as a volunteer Young Life leader for the past two years. I think the link between all of my interests and activities is a passion for people. I strongly believe in the value of people’s stories, whether it be people living in refugee camps in Kenya, the community of Northeast Central Durham or the reader of this blog. Everyone has a story to tell.
I am a senior Communications major, with a concentration in Media Production as well as a staff writer and photographer for the Durham Voice. With an interest in anything that has to do with media and people, I have been trying to find my niche in the media production industry for the last few years. Hopefully my name will be printed in papers or scrolling down a big screen in the near future.
My name is Melanie, and I am a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, studying journalism and dramatic art. I write for the Durham VOICE, serving the people of Northeast Central Durham. I have also written for the UNC start-up magazine wabi sabi, a publication that relates and empowers the experiences of people with disabilities. I live for telling stories, making art and talking to people of all walks of life. I love traveling and exploring, and if it’s got anything to do with the arts, kids, animals or Meryl Streep, I’m all over it!
My name is Alyssandra Barnes and I’m the Social Media editor of the Durham Voice this semester. I’m a senior, majoring in Journalism and minoring in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m the Editor in Chief of RIVAL magazine, a UNC-Duke joint student publication and am a regular contributor to Equally Wed, a same-sex wedding magazine. I love traveling and will do almost anything once, which is probably why I want to be a travel-adventure journalist after I graduate, hopefully working for a publication like Travel Weekly or Outdoor Magazine.
CARRBORO COMMONS STAFF
My name is Morgan Leigh Johnson and I am a Sophomore, Journalism and Mass Communication major at UNC Chapel Hill. I enjoy multimedia, lifestyle writing, and reporting. I am interested in finding the most creative ways to distribute information through multimedia journalism. I am the staff writer/reporter at reesenews.org, writing and producing creative, innovative journalism for UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I am also an intern at Shannon Media with Chapel Hill Magazine/The Weekly and a reporter with the Carrboro Commons. Visit my website at morganleighjohnson.com.
Hey y’all! My name is Sarah Hoehn and I am a junior at UNC-CH, majoring in journalism and public relations, with a minor in religious studies. Charlotte is the town that I call home, but here in Chapel Hill, I live and work within the thriving community of Carrboro. Some of my favorite things include: coffee, natural lighting, good pens, new journals and wool socks.
I’m a junior, journalism major writing for the Carrboro Commons this semester. This is my first time working for print publications but I had the chance to intern with a radio broadcast in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was born in Germany, but grew up on a small Spanish island, Gran Canaria off the coast of Morocco. When I grow up, I want to write a book based on people I meet on my journeys around the world.
I’m a senior from Charlotte, N.C. majoring in Journalism and Religious Studies. This semester I’m writing for the Carrboro Commons. I’m particularly interested in poverty and social justice issues, and I hope to incorporate that passion into my future career. I also love the mountains, hiking and Carolina basketball!
I’m a sophomore majoring in journalism and Engligh and am co-editor for the Carrboro Commons. I’m currently a State & National desk staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel
and the Equestrian Correspondent for The Pilot
(Southern Pines, N.C.). I rode horses for 13 years before I came to UNC, and since then I’ve been bitten by the distance running bug — I tend to put words like “fun” and “half marathon” in the same sentence. I’m also an avid lover of politics and college/professional sports. And, of course, community newspapers.
My name is Zach Freshwater, and I’m a junior at UNC from Mooresville, N.C. I’m studying journalism and political science and I’m also a staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel. I love to read, write, nap, run, and watch TV (I watch a lot of TV). My interest in journalism stems from a love for writing and learning. I love that I can start a story knowing next to nothing about a topic, and by the time I finish writing, I have learned about an entire community.
By: Allie Barnes, photos by Jock Lauterer