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Update: Digitizing the AC Phoenix News

posted Aug 3, 2018, 8:49 AM by Rahni Jere Sumler   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 9:13 AM ]
The AC Phoenix News was started by Rodney Sumler as the head editor in 1982, serving the community for over 30 years until his passing.  It empowered many voices of the community, small businesses and served as an economic boon for the Piedmont Triad. It was also the spiritual predecessor of the AC Pharos. 

This week we finalized the newspaper's preservation, but we still need your help. 

Bluford Library

Bluford Library at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Bluford Library at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As of August 2018, the Archives and Special Collection Division will be preserving and hosting original copies of the AC Phoenix News. 

Current Updates- Preservation and Continuation

Featured in this update, original copies of the newspaper will be housed at Bluford Library under the care of the Archives and Special Collection Division. Students, especially those majoring in journalism, will have access to the newspaper as a prime example of community-based, hard, fast, and agile guerrilla journalism. Faculty and community members from the NC higher education school system will have access to the original newspaper through Bluford Library as well. 

The copies will be eventually hosted for view via web in the Digital Collections in partnership with DigitalNC for the general public. However, the collection is incomplete!  If you have old, readable copies of the AC Pheonix News please contact us here. There are plans to continue the AC Phoenix News as a community publication, but to do this we also need help from the community.

How you can help: Contribute to the $85,000 Campaign to Continue the AC Phoenix News!

We discussed launching the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation, to continue the work of Rodney Sumler. He was dedicated to serving the community through the AC Phoenix News, therefore, our first campaign is to begin publishing the AC Phoenix news again.
We plan to make headlining articles from the AC Phoenix News available here at AC Pharos, alongside community insights and published data from the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation. 
You can also access back copies of the AC Phoenix here, and keep up with our campaign using data mining to develop the community.

To begin publishing the newspaper again we need $85,000. If interested in contributing, you can also contact us here. Every little bit helps.