Randolph County’s leading breaking news site is now part of North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper.

ASHEBORO NC (Jun 30, 2022) — A top local news site has been acquired by North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper. Randolph News Now, which focuses on breaking news and crime reporting in Randolph County, N.C., is now part of North State Media, publisher of the North State Journal newspaper.

“We are excited to bring additional newsgathering capabilities to North State Journal and to cement our place as the top local news source in Randolph County,” said North State Journal publisher Neal Robbins. “Breaking news requires local journalists with a strong work ethic and deep understanding of the community. With this acquisition, our Randolph County Edition can provide comprehensive news, sports and business coverage.”

Since 2021, Randolph News Now has seen skyrocketing readership through expanding coverage and increased advertising.

“The North State Journal was an obvious choice for us early on because they have the resources of a large statewide news outlet while being committed to local reporting,” said Scott Pelkey, editor of Randolph News Now. I’m excited to make the move with the website and work with their team of award-winning journalists.”

Founded in 2016, the North State Journal covers North Carolina from Murphy to Manteo. The newspaper is published weekly on Wednesdays has local editions in Randolph, Stanly, Moore, and Forsyth counties in addition to the statewide edition which is published in all 100 counties in the state. As other newspapers in North Carolina have reduced or eliminated coverage and staff, the North State Journal has taken the opportunity to recruit some of the best reporters and photojournalists from across the state.

Randolph News Now will maintain its focus on breaking news, crime, events and weather and content from the site will also be published on North State Journal’s website, randolphrecord.com and in the print editions of the NSJ.

The site will be transitioned to North State Journal’s branding and advertising platforms over the coming weeks. Advertising will be managed by North State Journal’s advertising manager, David Guy.


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