Staff Report. November 6. 2020. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Media consolidation hits the High Country next week. Effective November 10th, Blowing Rock News editor and publisher David Rogers will become editor of The Blowing Rocket, overseeing both print and digital editions and the Blowing Rock News brand will become dormant.
In addition to his duties as editor of The Blowing Rocket, Rogers will also contribute a significant amount of sports coverage to the Watauga Democrat and, potentially, other Mountain Times Publications.
Times are changing once again in the media industry…
Rogers launched Blowing Rock News on August 1, 2010, as an independent alternative news outlet and has operated since inception as a digital-only publication. Blowing Rock News became a member of the North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) in 2018, and in its first year was recognized with six NCPA awards in the highly competitive Online Division. For 2019, Blowing Rock News won 13 NCPA awards in the Online Division, including Rogers’ receipt of NCPA’s Henry Weathers Freedom of Information Award for his editorial series on Blowing Rock’s Board of Commissioners. The Freedom of Information Award honors journalists who focus on transparency in government and elected boards’ adherence to North Carolina’s open meeting laws.
I will be able to focus on high quality content development, both in our writing and our photography.
“Times are changing once again in the media industry,” Rogers said. “As we have seen in the current election cycle, independent, high quality journalism has never been more vital on all levels of community, but especially on a local level. While many news media networks are sacrificing local coverage for cost efficiencies gained from duplicating regional and national stories in what they still try to call local, ‘community’ newspapers, I am impressed by Adams Publishing Group’s ongoing commitment to covering the who, what, where, how, and why of each local community they serve.
“By joining Adams’ Mountain Times Publications team,” Rogers explained, “I will be able to focus on high quality content development, both in our writing and our photography. In the process, as a larger team we will be delivering significant value to the full-time and seasonal residents of the area, as well as to High Country visitors, regionally.”
Rogers is currently on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and unavailable for additional comments.