Raleigh Chronicle Joins NC Press Association
From Staff And Wire Reports
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
RALEIGH - Last Wednesday during a vote by the North Carolina Press Association Board of Directors, the Raleigh Chronicle officially became a member of the NC Press Association.
The NC Press Association Winter Institute event and awards dinner drew over 500 journalists to Raleigh. [see separate story]
Although the Raleigh Chronicle joined as an associate member and not as a full "voting" member since it has no print or paper edition, the management at the newspaper said they were very excited to be accepted as associate members in the organization.
The Raleigh Chronicle is the first online-only newspaper in North Carolina to join the NC Press Association. The publication prints its editions four times a week online at its website raleighchronicle.com and has averaged around 23,000 readers a month for the last few months. The newspaper was launched in May of 2006.
"I know I speak for everyone here at the Raleigh Chronicle when I say that we are excited to become an associate member of the NC Press Association," said Randall Gregg, Editor In Chief of the Raleigh Chronicle. "The NC Press Association represents the best in journalism and promotes excellence in newspaper reporting as a tool to further the best interests of all North Carolinians."
"Newspapers serve an important role in the lives of their readers and although we are an online only newspaper, we hope to continue in the strong tradition of public service set forth by North Carolina newspapers and the NC Press Association," he added.
In addition to being voted in at the NC Press Association meeting last week, the Raleigh Chronicle was also invited to speak to other North Carolina newspapers about digital journalism at the How To Become A Digital Journalist session. [see separate story].
"It was an honor to speak at the NC Press workshop and we're glad to see that so many newspapers are interested in getting their message across to NC readers through new technologies that can be very efficient," said Gregg. "The message and important information for the reader is the same, whether it's in print or online. We're glad to see both the NC Press Association and its members embrace new media."
The NC Press Association is made up of over 200 member newspapers representing publications ranging from large dailies in major metropolitan areas to small community newspapers that print once a week or more in smaller communities across the state of North Carolina. ::