Our Mission

The NC Local News Workshop was established in June 2020 as a response to the local news crisis in our state, especially the loss of local journalists and news outlets, and also to support transformative approaches to informing North Carolina residents on public affairs and civic issues

 

We begin with a focus on North Carolina residents and communities, and support people and organizations aiming to serve our state with information that fosters democracy and civic participation. We chose the name “Workshop” to capture our goal of providing space for people to work on challenges, build things, find tools and guidance, and try out ideas.

 

We work alongside news and information providers and in partnership with other state and local organizations, with a priority on inclusive, community-focused programs that provide:

  • Connection for people across the ecosystem of local news and information, through the NC Local weekly email newsletter and by facilitating partnerships, networking, and collaboration
  • Convening to support journalistic quality, inclusiveness, problem-solving, innovation, and professional dialogue
  • Capacity-building through resource links and connections, coaching, and assistance for organizations tackling individual or collective needs

 

A Few Words From Elon President Connie Book

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.

 

Physical address

N.C. Local News Workshop
Office 202A
Dwight C. Schar Hall
School of Communications
Elon University
Elon, NC 27215

Mailing address

N.C. Local News Workshop
2850 Campus Box
School of Communications
Elon University
Elon, NC 27215