North Carolina Travels, a subsidiary of New Bern Post LLC, is partnering with Hulsey Media for it to manage travel information sections of the website for Western North Carolina including Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, and numerous other destinations. Hulsey Media, https://hulseymedia.com/, is a local media and marketing company based in Hendersonville, N.C. Its titles include Asheville Ale Trail, Hendersonville Magazine, The Real Estate Book of Asheville/Hendersonville, Aging Resources, Healthcare Resources, Asheville.Apartments, Hendersonville Holidays, HomeTown Welcome New Mover Program, WNC Homeowners Resource Guide, and WNC Business Today. Hulsey Media marketing services include direct mail, social media, website development, SEO, email and targeted display advertising. North Carolina Travels (https://northcarolinatravels.com/)Read More →

New Bern Post LLC, the New Bern-based parent company of New Bern Post, has acquired North Carolina Travels (link), a statewide travel website established in 2010 by Matt Barrett, respected around the world for his travel writing. The handoff occurred several weeks ago and went live a week ago in a soft launch. New Bern Post Editor & Publisher Randy Foster has reimagined North Carolina Travels while at the same time retaining and updating all the content and qualities of the original site. What is new is how North Carolina Travels will be approaching tourism and travel moving forward. While Barrett will continue to contributeRead More →

I want to give a shout-out to the five people who have donated to New Bern Post over the past few days. New Bern Post is a one-person operation produced by me, Randy Foster, a former newspaper journalist with more than 30 years experience as a reporter, photographer, and editor. I was previously executive editor of the New Bern Sun Journal before setting off on my own. New Bern Post includes advertising placed by Google, but income from it amounts to a token considering the amount of time and effort that goes into producing New Bern Post. If you would like to contribute to NewRead More →

Note: This article has been revised since first posting after taking a closer look at the data. The New Bern (North Carolina) Post has been live since mid-October and now, thanks to Quantcast, it is accumulating some interesting intel about its readers that I am sharing: New Bern dominates: No surprise there — 31.9 percent come from New Bern. Charlotte comes in second at 8.54 percent. Rounding out the top five are Havelock, Raleigh, and Greenville. They’re Democrats and independents: 40 percent are Democrats and 40 percent are independents. The balance, 20 percent, are Republicans. They are mostly women: 67 percent of Post readers areRead More →

Odds and ends I’ve collected over the past week. Could it be? In October, aldermen approved $15,876 to allow for New Bern Police special operations to attack the opioid epidemic. I sent an inquiry to the city for additional information about this. Here is the response: Chief (Toussaint) Summers is at a conference & I (city public relations director Colleen Roberts) wanted to make sure to touch base with him about the New Bern Police Department budget and your inquiry.  He has responded that the money will be used for special investigative purposes. That is all the detail that can be provided. Well that wasn’t very informative,Read More →

You should know that the original version of this article has been taken down following a cease and desist demand from GateHouse Media. I was the executive editor at the Sun Journal until October 2017, when I resigned for personal and professional reasons. Once I discovered that at least one Sun Journal telemarketer was misrepresenting the circumstances of my departure from the company, I posted my resignation letter along with a memo  I wrote just prior to my resignation. A short time later, GateHouse Media sent me a cease and desist demand, which I present here in its entirety: December 14, 2017 Mr. Randy FosterRead More →

It’s been about a month since I launched my local news site, https://www.newbernpost.com, as a hobby and as a personal mission to keep a journalistic watch over local government since that responsibility has been shirked by the local corporate-owned news media, including the Sun Journal, where I was executive editor until last month. I don’t post every day … early on, I posted once or twice a week. This week, it looks like I will be posting most days. But this is a hobby, a spare time thing, and I have a day job and other responsibilities. Over the last two weeks of October, startingRead More →