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HARGRO TO ATLANTA AS RARE BLACK ALTERNATIVE EDITOR
<b>HARGRO TO ATLANTA AS RARE BLACK ALTERNATIVE EDITOR</b>
CARLTON HARGRO NAMED EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT CREATIVE LOAFING.
By: Richard Prince, “Journal-isms”
N2Entertainment.net

“The next person to lead the city’s long-running alt-weekly is one that loyal readers — and city residents who used to live in Charlotte — will recognize,” Thomas Wheatley recently reported for Atlanta’s Creative Loafing.

Carlton Hargro, who oversaw “CL’s’ culture coverage in the mid-2000s and led our former sister paper in the Queen City, will return to the publication as editor-in-chief. His first day is Jan. 17.”

Hargro is likely the only African American top editor of what are known as alternative newsweeklies and websites. Jason Zaragoza, interim executive director of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, told Journal-isms that he could think of only two others who had ever been top editors: W. Kim Heron, editor of Metro Times in Detroit from 2006 to 2012 and previously managing editor of the paper, and Adamma Ince, editor of Philadelphia Weekly from 2008 to 2012.

Wheatley also wrote,” ‘Taking on the role of editor-in-chief at Creative Loafing is beyond a dream come true,’ Hargro says. ‘It’s an honor to grab the reins behind a slew of incredible editors — like the paper’s most recent EIC, Debbie Michaud. "I’m dedicated to continuing that long legacy of great journalism, along with pushing “CL” deeper into digital and other platforms. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on all the great stuff we have planned.’

“The Ball State University graduate, who will become the first black editor-in-chief in CL’s history, has worked in various roles throughout his journalism career in Atlanta, which began in 1997 at the Atlanta Tribune. In 2004, he joined CL and oversaw the culture section, assigning and editing articles about the city’s arts scene. In addition, he created, produced, and hosted Audiofloss, CL’s urban music podcast.

“Two years later, he moved to Charlotte to lead that city’s edition of CL. . . .”

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