Government, Social Media

Everyone Celebrating NC’s Low Unemployment Rate Except News & Record

NC Unemployment Rate Drops Below National Average to 6.2%.  “April unemployment rate falls to 6.2 percent in NC” is the headline most papers used.  N&R’s headline reads “Still ‘some room to go’ for North Carolina’s economy.”

Why do hundreds of headlines celebrate the unemployment rate drop, but the N&R takes a glass half-empty approach.  Would the headline be the same if Democrats were in power in NC?

Some of the other headlines for that AP story from around the country:

Unemployment Declines in Carolinas Far Outpace US – Wall Street Journal

State unemployment rate falls to new low

Unemployment continues to drop, state added jobs

April unemployment numbers show more people at work


News & Record's Headline  About Unemployment Rate Drop in NC

News & Record’s Headline About Unemployment Rate Drop in NC

Government, UNC

Is the News & Record on Drugs?

The Greensboro News & Record speculates that UNCG police helping arrest drug dealers in the Glenwood neighborhood may be viewed as a bad thing by area residents.  Really?  Are they on drugs?

Residents of the area may see UNCG police operations as yet another infringement on their neighborhood.” – Greensboro News & Record Article.

Yes! Weekly provides more coverage including photos of the suspects and the full police release.

UPDATE 4/28/14 – Britton St House is Next to Elementary School:

Britton House Near Elementary School

Britton House Near Elementary School


UPDATE 2/29/14:  News & Record writes a new story in today’s paper – much more on point – discussing positives of campus police working to improve a neighborhood.

Charity, Social Media

Little Mention of Easter in News & Record on Easter Sunday

Why is there so little mention of Easter in Easter Sunday’s News & Record? It’s mentioned in the body of Beth McKee-Huger’s piece, but not in a single headline. In a couple of other pieces, it’s used as a date reference. Can anyone explain the editorial decision-making behind this?

The Newseum in Washington, DC has a neat feature with front pages of newspapers from all over the world  – but view them quickly as they are only available for that day.  An interesting study would compare the coverage of Easter in various media outlets including social media.

North Carolina’s Newspapers’ Front Pages:

Asheville Citizen-Times     Easter mentioned in bottom right footer

Charlotte Observer     Easter prominent photo mid-page and article and advertisement in footer

The Daily Courier – Rutherford    Walk to Calvary with cross being carried, prominent with photos

The Daily Dispatch – Henderson    No mention of Easter on front page

The Daily Herald – Roanoke Rapids    Prominent story with cross and photo

The Enquirer Journal – Monroe    No mention of Easter, not even in their Today in History list with various events from today’s date

The Fayetteville Observer    No mention of Easter

Gaston Gazette    No mention of Easter

Herald-Sun   No mention of Easter

Hickory Daily Record   Prominent story titled “He is Risen” (top story and just below it is an even larger article titled Got Beer?), plus Easter ad in footer.  **This is my favorite front page

High Point Enterprise    Header and main prominent story about Easter, only other article on front page is about church pianist/organist world record holder, it is the only front page with all faith stories

Independent Tribune – Cabarrus    Prominent Easter story with multiple photos

The McDowell News – Marion    Header mention of Easter, story on a church mid-page

Mooresville Tribune    Header mention of Easter, Christian music story

News & Observer         Prominent story on Easter food

News & Record     Story on right side about a church – passing Easter reference in article

News Topic – Lenoir    Prominent Easter photo with cross, also header mention

The Star – Shelby     Prominent Easter story with multiple photos including Christ on Cross re-enactment

Star News – Wilmington     Brief mention of Easter’s Holy Fire celebration in Greece in bottom right

Times-News – Hendersonville     Header saying Happy Easter with flower photo

Winston Salem Journal     No mention of Easter

Are the papers responding to consumer preference in their markets?  Are these editorial decisions?  Will you see churches having to hire PR firms to promote Easter stories in the future?