Richard Hart resigned last week, the News & Observer reports. The editor of the 50,000-circulation Durham, North Carolina, weekly tells the N&O that he chose to resign. "It's a tough job, and I was ready to move on," he says. "I'm very proud of the work of the staff and the awards the paper received during my time there."

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Duke University senior Jeffrey Stern has been awarded the Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism for a cover story he wrote for the North Carolina alt-weekly, reports Duke News. The story described the lives of three homeless men living in the woods on the outskirts of Durham, NC. Stern hatched the idea for the Indy piece after editor Richard Hart spoke to his journalism class. "Jeff is a monster, and I mean that in the best sense of word," says Hart. "Just as Michael Jordan uses every muscle in his body when he is focused on playing basketball, every ounce of Jeff is completely geared to going out and getting the story."

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