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When some North Carolina communities did not see themselves in the coverage of mainstream daily newspapers, they started their own publications. These papers served to elevate, inform, and connect members and reflected their opinions and concerns. Q-notes, an LGBTQ newspaper, and Network of North Carolina Women galvanized pride in identity. The Prison News and Northeast Durham Community Voice publications also contributed to a sense of pride in community and emphasized skill building. Tangents and Inquisition both represent cases where students lacked editorial freedom and took control of their own narrative.

The Cherokee One Feather

The Cherokee One Feather, January 12, 1972

The Cherokee One Feather is the official newspaper for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The newspaper contains articles about civic news, community issues and events, and local school academics and sports. This edition includes an editorial exhorting Native Americans to develop future community leaders.

Publisher, editors: Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Gerald Parker, Cherokee, N.C
Printer: The Waynesville Mountaineer newspaper company
Dates published: 1966-present
Frequency: Weekly

John Sprunt Hill Endowment Fund
North Carolina Collection

The People’s Voice

The People’s Voice, February 1985 

The masthead of this monthly newspaper, printed in Weldon, N.C. proclaimed that it was “The Newspaper for all the people of Halifax and Northampton Counties.” The publication possessed a strong progressive bent, for example, printing a series exposing excessive use of force by Roanoke Rapids police. As a consequence of upsetting the status quo, opponents of the People’s Voice pressured advertisers in the newspaper to drop their support. The People's Voice operated for a few years as a hard-hitting tabloid that held local power players accountable, but ultimately failed to develop a sustainable business model.

Editors: Bill Adler, Joe Morris, Weldon, N.C.
Dates published: 1982--1985
Circulation: 10,000 at peak

North Carolina Collection


Tangents, September 1996

The magazine Tangents was conceived in conflict. After clashing with student media over editorial control, UNC-Charlotte student newspaper reporters started their own magazine. The free Charlotte-based print magazine promoted local artists, writers, and musicians, and ran feature stories about current issues. Tangents’ sardonic wit is exemplified in its masthead slogan “Charlotte’s Toilet Tabloid” and its fictitious mascot, “Dicky Typoe.” The magazine printed 10,000 copies per month at its peak and was distributed in Charlotte, the North Carolina mountains, New York, and Georgia. Tangents won awards from the N.C. Press Club and the National Federation of Press Women. The print magazine ran from 1995-1998, but was revived as an online magazine in 2015.

Publisher: Tangents Communications, Charlotte, N.C.
Founders: Daniel Coston, Lewd, Carl Fulmer, Dann Dunn,
D.M. Marauder, and Cindy Sites-Wooley
Printer: Mullen Publications, Inc.
Dates published: 1995-1998
Frequency: Monthly

Gift of Eileen McGrath
North Carolina Collection

The Prison News

The Prison News, December 15, 1926

Prison newspapers first appeared in the late 1800s inspired by reform movements which sought to improve conditions in penitentiaries. The Prison News was written, edited, and printed by inmates, providing a creative outlet while teaching new skills. The paper was read by inmates but was also distributed beyond prison walls. Articles featured news about events taking place in the North Carolina prison system, such as sports, notable visitors, and the administration of the prison. Editors emphasized rehabilitation and included a monthly list of prisoners who were punished with solitary confinement.

Publisher, editor: N.C. State Prison Department, inmates,
Raleigh, N.C.
Printer: N.C. State Prison
Dates published: 1926-ca. 1935
Frequency: Monthly

North Carolina Collection

Network of North Carolina Women

Network of North Carolina Women, June 1980

Network of North Carolina Women was a progressive paper published during the last years of second-wave feminism, a roughly twenty-year period of feminist activity and thought that began in the United States in the early 1960s. Written and published for and by women, NNCW provided information about women in the workplace, family life, politics, health, and current events. This inaugural issue celebrates the careers and achievements of individual women in the state, including a professional clown and North Carolina’s teacher of the year.

Publisher, editor: C. L. Bennett, Ph.D., Fayetteville, N.C.
Dates published: 1980 -1981?

North Carolina Collection


Q-notes, February 1987

Q-notes (which began as Queen City Notes and is now qnotes) is a LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) arts, entertainment, and news publication based in Charlotte. With a circulation of 11,000 print copies, it is the largest print publication serving the LGBTQ and ally communities in the American Southeast. The paper informs its readers about LGBTQ life and social justice issues, covering political campaign events and LGBTQ activism. In 2012, qnotes created a consortium of LGBTQ newspapers across the U.S. and coordinated their coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Publisher, editors: Q-notes, Jim Yarbrough, Charlotte, N.C.
Dates Published: 1983-1984; 1986-present
Frequency: Semi-monthly

North Carolina Collection

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Northeast Central Durham Community Voice

Northeast Central Durham Community Voice, February 2010

The Voice focuses on the Northeast Central Durham community, a region plagued by high crime rates and economic instability. The paper is a collaboration between the journalism programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, the City of Durham, area teens, and local leaders and organizations. Co-publisher Jock Lauterer states that the paper aims to strengthen the community “by encouraging a vital civic life and developing a positive sense of place.” Area teens are encouraged to join the staff so that they may acquire skills that will enable them to effectively participate in civic discussions and pursue new educational and career opportunities. The Voice has a circulation of 2,000 and is available at 60 drop spots throughout central Durham.

Publishers: Jock Lauterer, UNC-Chapel Hill; Bruce dePyssler, NCCU; Lisa Paulin, NCCU, Durham, N.C.
Printer: Daily Tar Heel, UNC-Chapel Hill
Dates published: February 2010--present
Frequency: Monthly during the school year

North Carolina Collection


Inquisition, March 1969

Inquisition began as a literary and artistic publication whose primary editors were high school students frustrated by school-related issues of censorship. Inquisition covered counterculture topics such as drugs, sex, and war protest. When school officials tried to suppress the paper, the students appealed to the school board, which supported the administration. The City of Charlotte also attempted to ban the paper because the offset duplicator used to print the paper was in a student’s home, a “business use” that was a zoning violation. The matter escalated to a freedom of speech conflict with a trial before Judge Sam J. Ervin III. The students, supported by the ACLU, won, setting a major precedent. The ruling on behalf of Inquisition influenced the underground press movement and led to an increase in the number of Southern small press and underground publications.

Publisher, editor: Members of East Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte, N. C.) graduating class of 1969
Dates published: 1968-1969
Frequency: Bimonthly

North Carolina Collection