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James Willamor

Covers:  non-profits, community news, arts, local news, development, cultural events, local government, social media

10 years in higher education IT. Parent, musician, photog, bibliophile, Hufflepuff, founder of @croquetrec, former contributing editor of award-winning @CLTblog

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Today's independent journalists have to do it all - write, photograph, update social media, edit, and even do video on occasion. My background as a photographer and IT expert gives me an edge when it comes to working with local community news initiatives.

I’ve served as Contributing Editor with ...

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Not since high school.

How is social media changing news?

The ability to integrate multimedia. You don't have to host your own video or photos - embed YouTube or Flickr, for example.

Who's your favorite fictional journalist?

Raoul Duke. Is there really any other option?

Creative Loafing Best of Charlotte

2010 - Staff Pick - Best Local Website
“The future of journalism is really community news. Covering your town in a way the majors can’t is what keeps local people reading, and CLTBlog has taken that idea and run with it. Their website isn’t just visually stunning but also has neighborhood-specific content that the majors often overlook. Nothing like a little guy to keep us on our toes, right?”

Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best Award

2009 - Best Local Blog
“The twenty-two local writers and photographers who serve as CLT Blog staffers post near-daily blog and video entries, keeping Charlotte readers informed about uptown bar crawls, retail hot spots, and NoDa’s newest eateries. They also ride the new-media wave, posting rapid-fire tweets for those who need to be in the know right now.”