Jock Lauterer teaches community journalism, photojournalism and newswriting classes. He is the founding director of the Carolina Community Media Project, which is based in the school. 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.

Prior to teaching at Penn State, he taught photojournalism for three years at UNC-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.

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.

Lauterer is the author of six books, including "Only In Chapel Hill" (UNC-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). The third edition of his textbook, "Community Journalism: Relentlessly Local," was published in January 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press. He writes a regular column for the Chapel Hill Herald and Carrboro Citizen. Lauterer was also the 1998 winner of the National Geographic Magazine Faculty Fellowship, the inaugural winner of the Ed Vick Prize for Innovation in Teaching at the School of Media and Journalism, and a 2005 winner of a Bryan Award for Public Service at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also the founding head of the Community Journalism Interest Group within AEJMC.


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