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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Now taking submissions for the third annual FILTERED photo contest

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 at 7:01 AM

Welcome to our third annual reader-submitted photo contest. Two years ago, we launched Filtered as a way to showcase some of the Charlotte area's talented local photographers, and we're back at it, yet again.



You can interpret that however you'd like, but know that a line of caution tape or a traffic signal is not going to win this competition. If you’re going to send us a photo of a construction helmet, there’d better be something spectacular about its presentation. Please note: bonus points if your submission does not involve the color yellow.

Prize: The winning entry gets to be on a December cover of Creative Loafing, plus a prize pack that includes a $100 gift card to Basil Thai, a $50 gift card to Revolution Ale House and a $50 gift card to Clean Juice. One runner-up will win a $50 gift card to Whole Foods. Ten finalists will also be featured in the edition.


You, a Charlotte-area photographer, may enter up to three photos of which you must be the photographer. Name the photographs with your first and last name and number of photographs submitted — Example: OliviaPope_1.jpg, OliviaPope_2.jpg, etc.

Per photoshopping, we’re allowing only minor burning, dodging and/or color correction. Cropping is also acceptable. Think photojournalism for this contest. Read: If we can tell you Photoshopped it, you’re out.

Photos must be high resolution (we prefer 10 x 10.75 inches at 300 dpi, taken with the highest setting on your camera).


To send, email, Dropbox or carrier pigeon (just kidding — no printouts) to Please include your first and last name and a caption for your photo.

Deadline: Nov. 29, 2015, by midnight.

If you have any questions about your submission, please contact Jeff Hahne at

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Woohoo! CL gets named finalist for an AAN award

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 6:20 PM

We've said it over and over again -- coal ash is bad. It does the environment no good and it makes people sick.

Which is why when Rhiannon Fionn, the Coal Ash Queen, pitched writing a cover story last year about how Duke Energy is polluting our water with it, we said hell yes. Fionn has been covering coal ash for a long time -- so long, in fact, that she's producing a documentary about it. (You can see clips of it at this screening.)

This afternoon we got word that her CL story, titled "Charlotte is ground zero for coal ash", was named a finalist in the Environmental Reporting category of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia annual contest.


The association received over 920 entries. Judging was conducted by the all-knowing professionals in the Georgetown University Master's in Professional Studies Program in Journalism.

The winner will be announced in July. Until then, we'll dance a happy dance, and send out a hearty cheers to the other altweeklies that were nominated.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Remembering Kyle Lee

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Editor’s Note: Kyle Lee passed away on March 6 at the age of 50. He worked at Creative Loafing as production/art director from 1991 to 2003 and returned for a brief stint handling art and web production in 2011-2012. We asked Ann Wicker, former CL managing editor who worked closely with Kyle for over a decade, to write a few words commemorating his time at the Loaf.


Over the last week as word spread about Kyle Lee’s death, his friends expressed shock, dismay and sadness — and an outpouring of concern for his family, especially wife Candace.

This concern was a perfect reflection of Kyle. He always thought about family and friends first.

We worked together at Creative Loafing for 10 years give or take. He was a talented graphic artist — I loved laying out newspaper pages with him. He could always make what we envisioned happen. He had a gift for design of both pages and ads, which in the newspaper business endeared him to both the editorial side and the advertising side. And that — believe me — was no small feat.

Kyle had a knack with computers and seemed to be able to make the recalcitrant machines we had back in the 1990s behave most of the time. He was also a talented guitarist and music lover. Sometimes folks who are creative aren’t practical, but Kyle could also help fix the brakes on your car.

He had a way of focusing on solutions, rather than problems, which served him well in the newspaper business and in life.

Personally, I regret that I hadn’t seen him in a while. I’d sometimes run into him at the grocery store, and we’d catch up. I will miss his warmth, his smile and his ability to connect with almost anyone.

Happy trails, dear friend.

— Ann Wicker
Associate Editor, 1991-1999
Managing Editor, 1999-2003

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Creative Loafing is now hiring for news writer

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM


Good news: We’re hiring! Is this you?

Your new title: NEWS WRITER

WHO you are: A writer who’s hungry for news, eager to challenge the city you live in, with some published clips under your belt (college, etc.) who's ready to hit the ground running

WHAT are you great at: Research, combing public records, asking the right questions, writing across multiple platforms (but especially love long form), putting a face on social issues and occasionally being snarky

WHERE do you live: Charlotte or nearby. Or you at least know the city pretty well

WHEN should you send your cover letter, resume and three samples of writing: As soon as possible

WHY do you want this job: Because you want to impact the community with your writing. Oh, and you love Creative Loafing

HOW experienced are you: You've got at least one to three years of writing behind you. It's an ideal gig for someone who's about to graduate or is fresh out of college.

Email your materials to with the subject line: HIRE ME I'M A NEWSIE. No phone calls. Qualified candidates will be contacted about an interview.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

VIDEO: 15 seconds with CL's People to Watch

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:12 AM

To accompany this week's special issue, in which we spent at least 15 minutes with 15 people to watch in 2015, we shot 15 seconds worth of video with each person for a short compilation. We ask our interviewees to share their favorites local coffee shops, the best place for pizza and more. (Due to some technical difficulties, a few of the interviews didn't make it into the video — hope you won't hold that against us!)

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015: Who's gonna make waves in Charlotte?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 2:33 PM


Helloooooo, 2015! We here at Creative Loafing resolve to continue to pay attention to Charlotte, its people and their stories. In a few weeks, we'll publish our "People to Watch" edition, in which we'll feature 15 locals whom we think will make some impact on Charlotte.

And we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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CL's 10 most-visited stories in 2014

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Farewell, 2014. As we carb up for tonight and consider all the chocolate we must throw out tomorrow, let's take one final look at the year that was, via the stories on our website.

(This list excludes the sex-y stuff. If you're interested, though, this story and this story got lots — and I mean lots — of traffic.)

1. Our big-ass list of New Year's Eve parties happening tonight in Charlotte.

2. Another big-ass list: We offered you 20 places to do brunch.

3. It's a few years old, but our compilation of the 20 greatest rock films ever made still gets lots of traffic.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Announcement: CL’s 3rd Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

“We forgot to pay our heat bill.”

No, Creative Loafing did not really forget to pay its power bill. But we editors are struck by language, especially those lines that suggest there’s more to a story than what’s confined within a few words. Who forgot to pay the heat bill? How much was it? Are there enough blankets to keep you/them/us warm?

If that line intrigues you, we welcome you to enter our third annual flash fiction contest. We’re looking for creative short stories with a fully developed narrative arc (including a climax), in 1,000 words or less.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RSVP for Blackish: The Social Event and Conversation

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM

RSVPing for this event is now closed. Thanks for your support!


We recently published a story that provides an introspective look at the struggles within Charlotte’s African-American cultural scene. The story has generated numerous discussions on social media and in social circles around the city. Now, it’s your chance to talk about where we go from here.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Now taking submissions for the second annual FILTERED photo contest

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Welcome to our second annual reader-submitted photo contest. Last year, we launched Filtered as a way to showcase some of the Charlotte area's talented local photographers, and we're back at it again.


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