Jock Lauterer (B.A. Journ./Geog., UNC-Chapel Hill, 1967), is an adjunct professor (ret: senior lecturer in journalism) and retired founding director of the Carolina Community Media Project at the UNC School of Media and Journalism where he teaches community journalism.

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 (UNN-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. A third edition, Community Journalism: Relentlessly Local, was published by UNC Press in 2006. Lauterer was also the 1998 winner of the National Geographic Magazine Faculty Fellowship, the 2004 winner of Ed Vick Prize for Innovation in Teaching, the 2005 winner of Bryan Prize for Public Service at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, and the 2007 winner of UNC’s inaugural Faculty Engaged Scholars award.

For the last eight years, he has led a public service journalism outreach project: a community newspaper for inner-city Durham, the Durham VOICE, which is dedicated to getting at-risk youth off the streets and into a nurturing community newspaper newsroom. In the summer of 2010, the State Dept. awarded him a Fulbright teaching grant to China, where he lectured on community journalism at three Beijing universities. Subsequently, he returned to teach in China each of the next five years, including the 2014 publication of his revised and translated Chinese version of “Community Journalism."


  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill