News on the Summit

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By Shannan Bowen, Executive Director

Registration will open by noon Friday for the NC News & Information Summit, which will be held during Sunshine Week, Thursday, March 17, at Elon University. We are in the process of planning an engaging agenda that will address core themes of transparency; access to news; diversity, equity and inclusion; sustainability; and community engagement.

Here’s a preview of just a few of our confirmed sessions:

  • Recruiting and Retaining Journalists of Color
  • Best Practices for Federal FOIA Requests
  • Money in Politics: How Campaign Finance Will Shape the 2022 Election
  • The Care and Feeding of Early-Career Journalists
  • Brainstorming Product and Project-Based Collaborations

At this time, we are planning for an in-person Summit on Thursday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a reception. Those who will need overnight accommodations can book a discounted room at the on-campus Inn at Elon by using our dedicated reservation webpage and associated group code.

Masks and vaccination cards will be required for entry to the Summit. We are closely monitoring the state’s Covid-19 data and gathering input from our communities, and we are prepared to change to an all-virtual format if needed. Interested in joining in on Summit activities but not sure you can make it in person? Stay tuned for announcements about virtual events the week of the Summit and how to join. 

The summit is co-produced by the NC Local News Workshop and the NC Open Government CoalitionSign up to ensure you receive updates about registration, the agenda and related events. We look forward to convening soon!