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WRAL.com Wins Murrow Award

wraldotcom Congratulations are in order for Jimmy Goodmon and the crew over at WRAL.com . The website received the Edward R. Murrow national award for Best Website from the Radio-Television News Directors Association tonight.

The site is fantastic, and WRAL is going the extra mile in order to deliver their content. For instance, the full site’s video is encoded using Flash, which cannot be viewed natively on the iPhone. In order to correct the problem the station struck a deal with a third party company to transcode all of the video into a format that can be streamed using the station’s iPhone app, the first of its kind in the nation.

Keep up the good work, y’all!


Triangle Ranked as America’s Smartest City

The Daily Beast compiled some numbers to determine which metro is America’s brainiest , and Raleigh-Durham came out on top. The criteria for the rankings of cities (of population 1,000,000 or more) was based in college degrees (and beyond), non-fiction book sales, presence of colleges, and voter turnout.

The top 10 included many usual suspects such as San Francisco, Denver, D.C., etc.. Charlotte ranks #16, Richmond is #29, Greensboro is #37, and Norfolk is #41. Congratulations, us!


Poole’s Gets Gourmet Mention

gourmet It’s good to see Ashley Christensen getting more love. This time it comes from Gourmet magazine which includes Christensen’s Poole’s Diner in their “ Restaurants Worth the Money: Southeast ” list. The feature appears in the October issue of Gourmet.


We’re #26!

TBJ is reporting that Nielsen Media Research has listed the Raleigh-Durham television market as the country’s 26th largest, up one spot from last year’s rank. The move puts this market, which includes Fayetteville, ahead of Baltimore and two spots behind Charlotte.


Forbes Ranks UNC #7

Yesterday Forbes.com published their ranking of “ America’s Best Public Colleges ”. The list ranks UNC at #7, as well as UNC-Asheville at #45, UNC-Wilmington at #83, and Appalachian State at #93.


Raleigh #18 For Working Mothers

Forbes.com named Raleigh the #18 city for working mothers . Stats considered were income, unemployment, living cost, health care, pediatricians, school quality, per-pupil spending, childcare, violent crimes, and property crimes.


Triangle Modernist Houses Wins Buchanan Award

TMH Congratulations to George Smart’s Triangle Modernist Houses site which was recently honored with the 2009 Paul E. Buchanan Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum,. Established in 1993, the Forum recognizes contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work. Hundreds of studies, reports, documentation projects, restoration plans, National Register nominations, exhibits, video/digital media productions and public programs are completed each year without the benefit of distribution or recognition beyond the limited audience for which they were commissioned. Nonetheless, many of these efforts are valuable and can serve to inform and inspire. The award is named for Paul E. Buchanan who served for over thirty years as the Director of Architectural Research at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Buchanan set the standard for architectural fieldwork in America and inspired many VAF members in the rewards of fieldwork.


Charlotte Study Ranks Raleigh #1

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that the Raleigh-Durham area topped a recent survey commissioned by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. The study, called Benchmark Charlotte 2009, ranked southeastern cities based on a composite of five variables: employment, income, livability, new economy, and equity and diversity.


Don’t Drink, Don’t Smoke, What Do We Do?

U.S. News and World Report recently released a few surveys which included the most/least smoking cities and most/least drinking cities. ironically Durham, the former “City of Tobacco” was named as the 5th Most Smoke-Free Metro area. Greensboro, Wilmington, and Hickory were mentioned in the 10 Smokiest. Raleigh and Fayetteville were mentioned in a tie for 5th in the Most Sober Metro Areas survey. The numbers were compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Further evidence that we don’t need to be called “Tobacco Road” by the national sports media, and evidence that there really are two North Carolinas.


New York Times Visits The Triangle

nyt Today’s New York Times features a 36-hour visit to some of the Triangle’s eclectic offerings. From Poole’s to the Scrap Exchange to the Eno River Park, the writer bounced along several interesting stops. (The Cat’s Cradle story isn’t quite right, though. Nirvana and Pearl Jam both played to very full houses in the same summer, 1991.)


Today Show Notes Raleigh “Rebound”

The Today Show did a feature on cities that are rebounding from the real estate crisis. Raleigh came in at #2 on the list with its concentration of good universities, strong family atmosphere, good weather, and strong job growth.


Frank Harmon Named to “Top 50”

20090404-190 Architect Magazine’ s “Architect 50” rankings for 2009 are out. Included at #26 is Raleigh’s Frank Harmon Architect PA . The only other North Carolinian firm is Charlotte’s Little Diversified Architectural Consultants at #43.

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