Written by: Jock Lauterer

The Talk: a message for our times

By Jock Lauterer

June 11, 2020

Of late, there has been much talk about “the talk.” Now, a year and a half after a dramatic play by the same name debuted in Durham, a video version will begin streaming for a month, beginning today, Friday, June 12. (See details below.) “The Talk” dramatizes the frank conversation a black father must have […]

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Pen Pals Across the Pacific: ‘It’s a small world after all’

By Jock Lauterer

March 24, 2020

Publisher’s Note: Back in late February, before COVID-19 became a reality for the U.S., I had my Community Journalism students at UNC-CH write letters of concern to Chinese college students. And the Chinese kids, in deep quarantine, wrote back. Now, a month later, the tables have turned, and we are in the cross-hairs. Thus, the […]

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Print VOICE in delivery

By Jock Lauterer

March 10, 2020

Celebrating 10 years of publishing a lab community newspaper for Northeast Central Durham, the Durham VOICE hit the streets Feb. 22 with the first print edition of the spring, affording student writer-photographers the legacy experience of personal, hands-on newspaper delivery. With over 40 drop spots and a circulation of 2,000, the Durham VOICE is printed […]

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The Little Newspaper That Could:

The Durham VOICE celebrates 10 years

By Jock Lauterer

February 24, 2020

Dear Reader, A proper news story must satisfy a little formula we newsies call “the Five Ws.”  The what, who, where, why, when…and sometimes how. So, here are the 5W’s on our own story. WHAT: With this new year, the Durham VOICE turns 10. And, as any experienced journalist knows, newspaper years should be measured […]

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A publisher’s reflection: Giving thanks at a 10-year milestone

By Jock Lauterer

February 14, 2019

  As every good reporter knows, a proper news story must satisfy a little formula we newsies call “the Five Ws.” What, who, where, why, when…and sometimes How. So, here are the 5W’s on our own story. WHAT: With this new year, the Durham VOICE turns 10, a marker anniversary that could not have been […]

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Celebrating high school journalism at Hillside

By Jock Lauterer

September 23, 2017

As the Durham VOICE enters its ninth year, when I look back in mind’s eye rear-view-mirror, the thing I see is not the 42 print editions or the hundreds of online versions of our paper. I see faces. For if there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that community journalism – that all-in, relentlessly […]

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With thanks to “a conspiracy of good people”

By Jock Lauterer

September 21, 2013

As we enter our fourth year of publication, it’s important to remember that the VOICE was born out of tragedy. Many of you will remember the spring 2008 murder of beloved UNC student body president Eve Carson, and how the two young black men, subsequently caught, tried and convicted, are from Durham. The late-night abduction […]

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