Beyond the biggest papers in the state, small and specialized news sources have given a voice to underrepresented North Carolinians for centuries.
Now, you can see their work on display in Wilson Library.
Specialized news sources are written with a specific topic or audience in mind. In an effort to highlight the presence and impact of this type of media in North Carolina, curators for the North Carolina Collection Gallery created the exhibit “Papers for the People: A Treasury of North Carolina News Sources”.
“We have all these other types of specialized newspapers that really give you a more intimate look at different communities in North Carolina, and I think that's why they are important,” Linda Jacobson, keeper in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, said.
Jacobson and a team with the gallery created the exhibit, which includes 45 pieces and spans almost 200 years of history.
The exhibit is organized into 11 categories of newspapers, including empowerment, labor and amateur.
“The empowerment section is my favorite because that’s sort of what got this started,” Jacobson said. “I was thinking about the people who felt not represented by the mainstream dailies. This makes them feel a part of society when they can see themselves in the paper.”
This section includes pieces ranging from The Prison News, written by and for inmates in North Carolina, to Inquisition, a counterculture publication by high school students.
John Blythe, the assistant curator and collection development librarian for the North Carolina Collection Gallery, worked specifically on the amateur newspapers section of the exhibit.