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Conference Panelist Jock Lauterer

Jock Lauterer (B.A. Journ./Geog., UNC-Chapel Hill, 1967), is the (Jan. '01) founding director of the Carolina Community Media Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication where he also teaches community journalism and newswriting. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2001, he created and ran the photojournalism program for 10 years at Penn State where he was an associate professor. He has 15 years journalistic experience as co-founder, publisher and editor of two newspapers, the McDowell Express in Marion, N.C., and the Daily Courier in Forest City, N.C. Prior to coming to Penn State, he taught photojournalism for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Subsequently, he designed the journalism program at Brevard College (N.C.) where he was also in charge of the college news bureau, publications and public relations.

Lauterer is the author of six books: Only In Chapel Hill (UNC -CH Journalism Foundation, 1968), Wouldn't Take Nothin' For My Journey Now (UNC Press, 1980), Running' on Rims (Algonquin Books, 1986) and Hogwild: a Back-to-the-Land Saga (Appalachian Consortium Press, 1993). A textbook titled Community Journalism: the Personal Approach was published fall 1995 by Iowa State University Press, followed in the fall of 1996 by a Community Journalism Instructor's Manual. Second editions to both texts were published August 2000. The third edition is currently at press with the University of North Carolina Press, scheduled for publication summer, 2005. He writes a monthly commentary for his hometown community papers, Chapel Hill News.

Lauterer was also the 1998 winner of the National Geographic Magazine Faculty Fellowship and the inaugural winner (spring 2004) of the Ed Vick Prize for Innovation in Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill.