DavidsonNews.net is a community news website established in December 2006 to share information and promote discussion about town news, events, and issues in the town of Davidson, N.C. It is owned by Davidson News LLC and managed by and for Davidson residents. We’re a combination of paid staff and volunteers.
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Davidson, NC, 28036
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Meet the staff
Bill Giduz, Hillside Drive – Davidson’s unofficial town photographer and head juggler, Bill contributes occasional photographs to DavidsonNews.net. He is also the director of college communications at Davidson College.
Other contributors: Shelley Rigger, Betsey Flagler, Rodney Graham, Gordon Clark, Molly Rountree.
DavidsonNews.net in the news
March 26, 2013, Pekkala.org, “Journalism startup revenue ideas in action.” and Jan. 15, 2013, Niemanlab.org, “Across the world, money to support journalism startups comes from a variety of sources.” – An analysis of 69 journalism startups in 10 countries finds no Holy Grail, but a lot of revenue ideas in action. – Researchers Pekka Pekkala and Johanna Vehkoo write about local news startups in the US and Europe, including Davidson News LLC.
Feb. 4, 2013, Davidson College Vann Center for Ethics, panel discussion on “Ethics in the Media,” with David Boraks, Editor of DavidsonNews.net; Glenn Burkins, Editor of QCityMetro.com; Stuart Watson, Investigative Reporter for WCNC-TV in Charlotte; Rafael Prieto Zartha, Editorial Director, Qué Pasa Mi Gente, Charlotte; and Candace Cummins Gauthier, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, UNC Wilmington. Moderated by David Perry, Director of the Vann Center for Ethics and Professor of Applied Ethics, Davidson College. Click the link above watch a video replay of the discussion.
February 2013, Nieman Journalism Lab, “Across the world, money to support journalism startups comes from a variety of sources.“ An analysis of 69 journalism startups in 10 countries finds no Holy Grail, but a lot of revenue ideas in action. By Johanna Vehkoo and Pekka Pekkala.
Oct. 12, 2012, Davidson Think Tank, “Davidson Think Tank looks at Davidson News LLC” – Video: The Think Tank’s Paul Studtmann interviews Davidson News LLC founder and editor David Boraks about the origins of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, their role in the community and the business of online news.
Sept. 25, 2012, BlockByBlock.us, “BxB publishers united in reporting FOR vs. ABOUT their communities.” – a summary of the 2012 Block by Block Conference in Chicago, quoting publisher/editor David Boraks.
Feb. 8, 2012, NetNewsCheck.com, “Charlotte Media Diverge on Social Stragegy.”
Nov. 8, 2011, CJR.org, Columbia Journalism Review, “Have You Seen Fido? Community news sites reunite pets with their owners.”
July 2011, J-Lab, American University, “Rules of the Road: Navigating the New Ethics of Local Journalism,” – DavidsonNews.net was among the case studies for Scott Rosenberg’s special report published by J-Lab.
July 2011, Charlotte Magazine, “The Problem with Media Sharing.”
June 1, 2011,, BlockByBlock.us (local news industry website), “Suburban online hyperlocal seeks larger audience with radio”
May 19, 2011, DavidsonNews.net, “Chamber names small business of the year, honors 2 others” – Davidson News LLC – parent of DavidsonNews.net and CorneliusNews.net, received one of two Honorable Mentions in the Lake Norman Chamber 2011 Small Business of the Year Awards.
May 6, 2011, DavidsonNews.net, “Partnership links Cornelius, Davidson sites with WFAE-FM.”
May 3, 2011,, Columbia Jouralism Review, “CJR’s Guide to Online News Startups” – We’re profile in the journalism magazine’s Online News Database.
March 15, 2011, WFAE-FM, “Local news site expands, reflects national trend.”
March 14, 2011, DavidsonNews.net, “Announcing CorneliusNews.net”
2011 State of the News Media: Annual Report on American Journalism, Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, “Emerging Economics of Community News,” by Michele McLellan.
Dec. 14, 2010, DavidsonNews.net, “DavidsonNews.net adds staff.”
June 2010, Reynolds Journalism Institute “promising local news site” – DavidsonNews.net has been listed as a “promising local news site” as part of research being conducted by Michele McClellan at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. See “Michele’s List” at www.rjionline.org and click on “Micro-Local.”
June 2010, Society for Professional Journalists convention coverage - “Putting the hyper into local news,” a note promoting a panel at the SPJ convention, mentioning DavidsonNews.net‘s participation in a regional news partnership with The Charlotte Observer and other sites.
December 2009 – “DavidsonNews.net joins regional news partnership,” an announcement of our participation in a regional news partnership with The Charlotte Observer and other local news websites.
July 2009, Knight Batten Awards - The 2009 Knight Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism – DavisonNews.net was not a cash winner, but we got a nice pat on the back as a “notable entry.” And here’s the main page with a list of winners, including the NY Times which won a basketful of honors. http://www.j-lab.org/about/press_releases/2009_knight_batten_release/
August 2009, Charlotte Magazine – DavidsonNews.net founder David Boraks was featured in the magazine’s August 2009 “Genius Issue,” as one of 30 people helping to change the Charlotte area. In an piece called “The Online Migration” he was profiled alongside Glen Burkins, who runs QCityMetro.com in Charlotte.
August 2009, WFAE-FM – DavidsonNews.net also was the subject of a recent feature on WFAE’s Morning Edition. “Web startup DavidsonNews.net finds niche as it seeks sustainability.”
July 2009, FAIR.org – Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting writer Michelle Chen included DavidsonNews.net in an article “Local Heroes: A new media model might be right around the corner – literally.”
July 2009, New Business Models for News, CUNY – “News innovators on the frontline: DavidsonNews.net.”
May 2009, Alan Mutter’s Newsosaur blog - “No local without us says start-up web newsman.”
May 2009, Davidson College Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – DavidsonNews.net editor David Boraks received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for community service at the May 2009 Davidson College commencement ceremony. A citation for the award read, “DavidsonNews.net has quickly become the indispensable source of news and information in town.” One of his nominators said “Davidson News makes me feel more a part of the Town of Davidson than anything else has.” See the “Latest Sullivan award winner: Your Town editor.”