Raise hell and take names

It’s not hip, going into a small county and starting a newspaper. It’s a lot of work, too. But, damn. You want to be a journalist and no big paper will hire you? Screw ’em. Start your own.

That brings me to the Yancey County News, which was started in 2011 and has now won the E.W. Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment and the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism.


Here’s the story.

Yancey County is in the mountains of North Carolina, but this can be done just about anywhere. Short answer is that it takes a little startup money, hard work and brass balls. But, damn, it sounds like fun…you know, what we used to do: raising hell and taking names.