I attended the April 16th benefit for Raleigh Public Record, a new Raleigh news site that describes itself as a space for "non-profit community journalism" while emphasizing "old-fashioned reporting and compelling writing."
It was quite a nice gathering at 101 Lounge + Cafe, a downtown spot I'm enjoying more with each visit.
High points included:
An inspiring speech by RPR board member Scott Huler about Raleigh Public Record and the future of journalism without newspapers, among other topics.
The shadowy presence of various other power figures at RPR. Let me know if you guys want some tips on working the crowd!
My extended conversation with the founder of The Raleigh Artist whose name I'd remember if he put it on his website. Smart cat, good heart.
An awesome dj set from Chico of Neu Romance who may yet email me with a decent description of their musical style leading to an additional blog post. [Hey, I'd have been a music critic if I could accurately describe music!]
Quite a nice gathering when all is said and done.
If you're into writing about Raleigh, contact RPR to get involved.
Or, if you're just into causing trouble like I used to be, go ask the News & Disturber's "media critic" about her refusal to cover the "competition", if you can figure out who the heck that person might be. I think she works at a newspaper (sp?) put out by a local historical museum, if that helps.