Ocracoke Observer featured in spring 2017 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review.
Vankevich and Leinbach in their Ocracoke Island newsroom on the Vankevich porch. Photo by Naomi Benn.

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The Ocracoke Observer is featured in the spring edition of the Columbia Journalism Review published by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. 

Titled “Small newsrooms in out-of-the-way places,” the story is written by Shelley Hepworth, Carlett Spike, and Pete Vernon, all CJR Delacorte Fellows.

“Local news outlets across the country play an essential role in creating civically engaged and informed communities,” the story says. “Often, these outlets do their work with minimal resources. Sometimes, they do it with hardly anything, with one or two journalists taking on the specialized tasks of an entire news staff.”

Vernon interviewed Observer publishers Peter Vankevich and Connie Leinbach in January.

In addition to the Observer, other newspapers covered are the Nome Nugget, Nome, Alaska, The Budget of Sugarcreek, Ohio, the Hooker County Tribune, Mullen, Nebraska, and The Ferndale Enterprise Ferndale, Calif.

While the story is included in the print edition of the CJR, to view the story online, click here.


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