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Chapel Hill Watch

When I was interviewed by WCHL reporter Elizabeth Friend for this story, she told me about the new site Chapel Hill Watch started by journalists Don Evans and Nancy Oates. They've posted 17 stories so far, and gotten a smattering of comments. Their "Blogroll" only contains one local site: The Carrboro Citizen. In fact based on their comments to WCHL, I'm not sure that a blog is what they want to be. It sounds more like an online news site. Then again, the writing is quite opinionated, and they're getting corrected by commenters - pretty bloggy!  Maybe the labels don't matter so much anymore.

In any case, I've always said "the more merrier" when it comes to local blogging, and it applies to local journalism, too!  Whichever one they plan to be (or some hybrid), I welcome Don and Nancy's voices to the fray.

WCHL Wants To Hear From You!

News Talk 1360 WCHL will broadcast a public candidate forum featuring Chapel Hill’s mayoral and council candidates on Thursday, October 15th, live from the Chapel Hill Town Council Chambers.

This forum is for you, our listeners, and so we would like for you to email us the questions you’d like to have our future elected officials answer.

E-mail your questions to Please include your name and address or a brief, general description of yourself. If picked, we’ll credit your question by the description you give. OR you can remain anonymous (ex: 40 yo, single mom, university employee, etc)

Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 15th as WCHL’s Chapel Hill Candidate Forum airs live on-air and online at at 7 p.m. 

In the meantime, read about WCHL's story on local blogs that features Ruby & OP. Happy Birthday!


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WCHL Candidate Forum


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New city schools web site



CHCCS unveils new web presence 

Today, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools released a new district website. We wanted to familarize our staff and listserv subscribers to the new features as this site is unveiled to the public. 

The revisions were made in response to feedback we collected from staff and listserv subscribers last spring in a communications survey. The new format seeks to place dynamic content on the homepage, while seeking to preserve much of the familiar navigation of the old format.

The old webpage had categories of information listed in the middle of the page. These categories may now be found in a column on the left. The old webpage had a list of quicklinks down the lefthand column. These can now be found in a column on the righthand side of the new page, with the addition of navigation categories for reports and community links. The relocation of these items frees up the center of the page for news stories and photos.

Herald-Sun Improves Lackluster Website By Stealing NY Times Online Layout

In one of the most transparent website design copy jobs I have ever seen, the Herald-Sun stole basically the entire frontpage format of the online version of the New York Times this week, and as far as I can tell, does not give the NYT any credit as the inspiration for the visual upgrade. 

Open the two websites in two browser windows to compare:

New York Times

Durham Herald-Sun

At the top left in light blue, the NYT lists: Jobs, Real Estate, Autos, All Classifieds

At the top left, in light blue, the Herald Sun lists: Jobs, Real Estate, Cars, Classifieds, Obituaries

The NYT has a Most Popular feature with three tabbed rankings for stories that are either Emailed, Blogged, or Searched. The Herald-Sun has a Most Popular feature but its tabs are Recommended, Commented, and Viewed. 

The NYT encourages people to Log In at the upper right.  The Herald-Sun encourages us to Sign In at the same location.



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