Putting together tomorrow's issue, and there are a couple of White Noise media items that did not fit. So I am posting them here. With hyperlinks!
‘Best political opinion money can buy’
Incumbents Zack Matheny and Mary Rakestraw withdrew at the last minute from a Sept. 8 candidate forum hosted by the Guilford County Unity Forum (Disclosure: I’m one of the organizers), Matheny saying that he was under the weather, and Rakestraw explaining that she had a scheduling conflict and would be attending a function hosted by the Greensboro Landlords Association instead. Trudy Wade, the incumbent in District 5, has likewise withdrawn from a separate forum hosted by the same group on Sept. 22. Blogger Jeff Martin, popularly known as “Fecund Stench,” attributes it to “The Burckley Effect,” referring to Republican political consultant Bill Burckley, who has reportedly been retained by Wade, Rakestraw and Matheny, along with some challengers. “These absences were no doubt actually the result of the best political opinion money can buy in GSO,” Martin writes. The blogger predicts that the strategy will pay off: “Only in a city so apathetic and ignorant as ours could such a strategy prevail. The incumbents will be returned to office and nothing we do can stop it. Greensboro is governed by its country clubs.” — JG
Alexander assumes post at Greensboro College
Greensboro College has named longtime News & Record reporter Hooper “Lex” Alexander as its new Director of External Relations. A 22-year veteran of the News & Record, Alexander will head up media relations, external publications and public relations for the small private college, which boasts an undergraduate population of 1,250 students. Scott Rash, vice president for Institutional Advancement at the college, said he expects Alexander to “help us tell the Greensboro College story.” Alexander helped create the News & Record’s website in 1994, edited web content and worked with social media. Alexander wrote about technology, health and medicine, public safety, politics, government, religion and ethics, and wrote investigative news stories for the News & Record, according to the Greensboro College press release. Alexander worked for a public relations firm agency in New York City and spent time in radio before embarking on a journalism career that featured stops at the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia, the Sun Journal in New Bern and the Statesville Record & Landmark. — KTB