C-Ville Weekly saw that the websites of its peers were filled with design flaws that kept users from finding their best content, which spurred editors to break from the pack and convince skeptical ownership to make a significant investment in improving its digital platform and emphasizing online content.

Continue ReadingC-Ville Website Redesign Breaks From Pack

The Charlottesville, Va., alt-weekly is marking the occasion by taking a look back at some of the memorable moments since the paper launched in 1989. The staff has compiled some of the hits and misses, while co-founder Bill Chapman takes a walk down memory lane in this video tour of the eight buildings that have called C-Ville home over the last 20 years.

Continue ReadingC-Ville Weekly Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Tim Granlund rocks a military theme and goes by the nickname of "Six String General" in his quest to reach September's Air Guitar World Championships in Finland, the Washington Post reports. The 23-year-old Granlund faces his first challenge this Wednesday in the D.C. round of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships (if you're so inclined, you can buy tickets here). He'll have 60 seconds to win over the judges and move on to the next round of competition. He gives the Post insight into his air guitar strategy and says he's working on his signature move, the "hump jump." Granlund also talks shop, describing his air guitar as "a vintage thing ... it's got one of those triangular-looking deals going on. It's pink, totally wild and crazy."

Continue ReadingC-Ville Weekly Advertising Assistant Aspires to Air Guitar Glory

The publication of a letter by Virginia Congressman Virgil H. Goode, Jr. in the Charlottesville alt-weekly has led to widespread coverage and condemnation, including commentary by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and The New York Times. In the constituent letter, Goode expressed negative views toward Muslim immigrants and the Koran, warning that "if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims [like recently elected Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison] elected to office." Goode's press secretary later told the paper that the Congressman has no intention of apologizing and stands by the letter.

Continue ReadingC-Ville Weekly’s Printing of Pol’s Letter Makes National Waves