First Assignment

  • For my curation assignment, I will be gathering information related to North Carolina politics. This subject will primarily focus on activities taking place in the General Assembly, statewide elected offices and regulatory agencies.
  • Here are links to 10 sources currently covering my topic on a daily basis.
  1. Raleigh News & Observer — This site is relevant to my topic because it is home to the second largest newspaper in the state. It has strong department of political reporting, which includes Craig Jarvis, Colin Campbell and Lynn Bonner. They are a terrific resource for information on the latest in state politics. The outlet’s weekly “Under the Dome” podcast is also incredibly helpful in keeping with the latest news.
  2. WRAL — WRAL is one of the most reputable broadcast news sources in the country. Mark Binker is a solid investigative reporter who often reporting on activities within the state legislature. They often interview high-profile politicians.
  3. Burlington Times-News — Good source of information for local news in Alamance County. Natalie Janicello does a solid job of staying up to date with crime and political affairs. The site also pulls helpful stories from the Associated process. Here’s an example.
  4. Charlotte Observer — Though this outlet is based in Charlotte, it does a good job of keeping up with current pieces of legislation. The site does some solid reporting and his Twitter feed is a valuable resource. This news outlet has the largest paper in the state and has an ability to get stories other outlets don’t.
  5. North Carolina Legislature — There is no site more helpful than this government page of the General Assembly. It lists all members of the state House and Senate, has a calendar of events. Perhaps its greatest feature is the ability yo quickly and easily search for documents and bills.
  6. Michael Bitzer — He is an influential blogger and political scientist. His information is helpful in providing large datasets. He also a knowledgeable person when it comes to policymaking.
  7. WBTV — On Your Side Investigates is a valuable source of information. Nick Ochsner does a good job of breaking down complex bills as well. The site itself is not as informative as the traditional broadcasts, but the information is still helpful.
  8. North State Journal — More of a slanted conservative outlet but helpful in getting other perspectives. This is more of a watchdog political group than a news organization. Even so, it provides insightful commentary to better understand difficult subjects.
  9. N.C. Insider — Offers unique legislative tracking tool and has several experts. It is worth noting it is not really friendly to non-subscribers. However, the Twitter feed and some of the reporters offer important insight. This is more of a policy-centered news group.
  10. N.C. Policy Watch — Provides news and commentary on public policy. This site seems to lean more liberally, but the blog is still a good resource for information and helps my curation in capturing multiple perspectives. Education news appears to be the most helpful and valuable page.
  • Twitter list is available here.
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Author: banderson8

My name is Bryan Anderson and I am a junior at Elon University studying Journalism and Media Analytics. Through my experiences with newspapers and media outlets, I have experience with using inDesign, WordPress, social media, and other mediums to communicate and interact with others. I am a sports enthusiast, a multimedia news reporter and (usually painfully) a die-hard Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks fan.

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