Farewell to the Raleigh Public Record

The Raleigh Public Record is history. The news website officially shut down this week.

In a message on Facebook, the Record signed off this way:

“When we began this project years ago, our goal was to foster more discussion about Raleigh news and make sure someone was covering City Council. We feel our presence made a difference in both areas. Our leaders have moved on to other projects, and it’s time to officially say goodbye.”

The Raleigh Public Record started nearly 10 years ago. It was a nonprofit news organization funded by grants and donations. Its mission: Report news about the politics, communities and development of Raleigh, North Carolina. Its specialty was in-depth coverage of city government.

At its peak, the Record did just that. Its stories were picked up by WRAL.com, and the staff hosted Election Night watch parties.

As a resident of Raleigh, I was a frequent reader of the website. I was also a financial contributor and occasional consultant.

The Record started to lose momentum in 2014 when its founder, Charles Duncan, decided he was ready for a change and left for a job as an investigative reporter in the Cayman Islands in 2014. He is now an editor at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In recent years, posts on the Record website became less frequent. Money was undoubtedly an issue. In 2017, the site was plagued by domain squatters.

So the Record’s end has come. The good news is the site has been archived, so it may still be a valuable resource about the city’s history.

Thanks to Charles, Ariella Monti, Jennifer Wig Suarez, Laura Fiorilli-Crews and other Raleigh Public Record staffers for their hard work over the years. The city is better informed thanks to your efforts.

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