Posted inAmerican Legion, CHALT, Election 2023, Journalism

Fact checking The Local Reporter’s candidate questionnaire

It’s Chapel Hill tradition for nearly a dozen local organizations to distribute questionnaires to candidates before local elections. And, typically, it’s the answers that need fact-checking. But The Local Reporter’s candidate questionnaire turns that on its head. Here, it’s the questions that need fact-checking. We have written before about The Local Reporter’s close relationship with […]

Posted inChapel Hill, Chapel Hill Town Council, Election 2023, Journalism

Seven things we learned from the News & Observer’s follow up on our scoop on the $120K PAC

Earlier today the News & Observer published a piece on the plans by twelve wealthy couples to inject $120,000 into the Chapel Hill elections in a bid to overturn the Chapel Hill Town Council’s June vote to legalize duplexes townwide. Here are seven things we learned: The News & Observer confirms that Adam Searing met […]

Posted inCHALT, Chapel Hill, Journalism

The Local Reporter’s strange pond coverage

Last month, we reported that The Local Reporter was looking for an editor after their 6th editor abruptly left the paper days after our deep dive into the paper’s problematic political coverage. They’ve since hired Julia Runk Jones, previously the paper’s dog columnist, to temporarily lead the organization. But issues with the paper’s coverage persist. […]

Posted inCarrboro, Greenway, Journalism

“Both Sides” Journalism Plagues Indy Week’s Story on the Bolin Creek Greenway

In recent months, Indy Week, our region’s alternative newspaper, has published some terrific investigative pieces, from Lena Gellar’s investigative work uncovering  Durham’s city attorney asking Wikipedia to reveal who was editing “unflattering” information about the mayor and two council members, to Thomasi McDonald’s deep-dive looking at Durham Council Member DeDreana Freeman’s alleged physical assault of […]