NC Local News Workshop

The Workshop was established in June 2020 with a focus on North Carolina residents’ needs for high-quality local news and information among rapid change in news media and civic culture. It aims to provide people and organizations with support, access to resources, and tools, through activities including:

  • Capacity-building for news organizations and individuals working to reinvent and sustain public-interest journalism for North Carolina residents (particularly those often missing from news coverage) through mini-grants, resource-sharing and coaching support
  • Convening to support journalistic quality, inclusiveness, and sustainability, including events and gatherings focused on training, knowledge-sharing, problem-solving, innovation, or professional networking
  • Connecting people and organizations across the ecosystem of local news and information, through the NC Local weekly email newsletter, by facilitating partnerships and collaboration, and as part of a diverse network of state and national journalism partners

Led by journalism veteran and former news executive Melanie Sill through its launch period, the Workshop’s first initiative was The NC Local News Intern Corps, with four college media interns and a professional editor. The program provided professional experience to student journalists and offered additional journalism capacity to news organizations covering COVID-19 and other important North Carolina stories this summer.

The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund announced its funding of the local news initiative on May 13. Rochelle Ford, dean of the School of Communications, and Lizzy Hazeltine, fund coordinator for the NC Local News Lab Fund,  outlined the Workshop’s launch during the Center for Cooperative Media’s Collaborative Journalism Virtual Summit.

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Keep Informed, Subscribe to NC Local

The weekly email newsletter NC Local, launched by Sill in 2018, will continue as part of the workshop’s activities. The digital publication highlights what’s happening in and around the state of journalism in North Carolina. To subscribe to the newsletter, complete this form.

Interested in partnering with the Intern Corps?

The NC Local News Intern Corps, a pool of college journalists supervised by veteran editor Susan Ladd, aims to assist newsrooms around the state in June and July, producing stories for digital, social media, print and broadcast platforms. To learn how to use the Intern Corps, contact Sill or Ladd.

Administrative Core

Rochelle Ford
Dean, School of Communications
Schar Hall- Communications Bld 108A
2850 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-5724

Melanie Sill
Executive Director, NC Local News Workshop
Schar Hall- Communications Bld 202A
2850 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-5738

Anthony Hatcher
Chair & Professor, Journalism Department
Schar Hall- Communications Bld 210E
2850 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-5774

North Carolina Local News Lab Fund

The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund was established at the North Carolina Community Foundation in 2017 by a group of local and national funders who believe in the power of local journalism, local stories, and local people to strengthen our democracy. The mission of the fund is to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to the news and information they need to make their communities thrive.