Past Events

Learn About Past Events & View Video Recordings

Aug. 12, 11 am-Noon: Diversifying Your Sources, led by veteran journalist Melba Newsome.

This one-hour Zoom training workshop will focus on why source diversity is essential to good reporting and how we can make our reporting more inclusive. Drawing on research and findings from her 2020 Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowship, Newsome will lead participants through an evaluation of published journalism for diversity and inclusive reporting. Free, registration required for receiving Zoom information. View the recorded Zoom session 

June 2, 11-noon: Census prep for NC media (Presented with Carolina Demography)

A Zoom panel discussion and roundtable on the latest updates on Census data and what journalists and other stakeholders can do to prepare and report now. We’ll share resources and tips. Panelists will include Rebecca Tippett, director of Carolina Demography; Paul Overberg, data reporter at the Wall Street Journal and longtime Investigative Reporters and Editors member who has helped develop collaborative tools and training for Census coverage; Yanqi Xu, courts, law and democracy reporter for NC Policy Watch; Tyler Dukes, investigative and data reporter for The News & Observer; and Jason DeBruyn, WUNC data reporter. View the recording – Download recommended, link expires Aug. 2, 2021. Find resource materials here.

May 26, 11 am-Noon: Learning session for journalists reporting on The 1619 Project, critical race theory and related topics

What is the 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine, how is it being used in education, and what resources can reporters use for independent journalism on the project and its impact? How can local reporters go beyond partisan claims in reporting on critical race theory in public schools? We’ll hear from The Pulitzer Center’s Fareed Mostoufi about The 1619 Project and how teachers use its material. We’ll also discuss NC’s education debate, where critical race theory has become a lightning rod from local school boards to the legislature, with senior reporter Alex Granados of EdNC and K-12 statewide education reporter T. Keung Hui of The News Observer. Joining us with some national context will be Stephen Sawchuk, associate editor of Education Week. View the recording (link expires June 30)

May 14, 2-3 p.m.: How can NC media improve coverage and connections for AAPI communities and journalists?

Zoom panel and discussion presented in partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association; moderated by award-winning WUNC host and journalist Anita Rao. Watch the video recording (link expires June 30)

Feb. 16/March 15 and 22: A data journalism workshop and opportunity for hands-on training (which will produce a local news story) via the NC Local News Workshop, UNC Hussman’s Ryan Thornburg and the NC Press Association.

To apply: Sign up for both part 1 (NCPA workshop, Feb. 26) and part 2 (hands-on training, March 15)

Watch the NCPA conference video here: Feb. 26, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. via Zoom: How to use data to report about public health spending (Open at no cost to all interested participants, courtesy of NCPA as part of its winter convention)

  • Join UNC Associate Prof. Thornburg, reporter Rachel Crumpler and News & Observer editor Thad Ogburn to learn how they acquired and analyzed data to produce the front-page N&O story, “Underfunded for years, many NC public health departments lack resources to fight COVID,” 
  • You’ll also learn how you can localize this important statewide story and understand the impact in your community. And as a bonus, you’ll hear about an opportunity to apply to a free data reporting workshop led by Melanie SIll and Ryan Thornburg the week of March 15.
  • Read more about how Crumpler and other students in Thornburg’s advanced data reporting class did the research and reporting for the story
  • Register HERE for the NCPA convention and workshop (free)

March 15 and 22, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Data Reporting workshops — Hands on training while reporting a local story

  • Workshop participants will be invited to apply for a free 2-hour hands-on workshop, led by Thornburg and Sill, that walks reporters step-by-step through the skills they need to use data to find and tell stories about local public health departments. Deadline for applying: Friday, March 5.
  • We will select five reporters to receive hands-on coaching in methods for requesting local spending data, and how to perform basic analysis with freely available spreadsheet software.
  • While learning skills, participants will gather material to report on their local health department funding and contribute to the statewide database.
  • Hosted via Zoom by the NC Local Workshop in partnership with Thornburg and NCPA.
  • No public recordings

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Jan. 13, 2021: NC Local News & Information Summit, hosted via Zoom.

The first NC Local News Summit is over, but you can still join in: Watch video and explore resources for learning, connecting, and boosting local news in North Carolina:

Access recordings and other resources.

Oct. 30, 2020, Noon-1 pm ET: NC Journalists Pre-Election Brownbag

Join NC reporters and editors to discuss what local journalists are watching and what we should know heading into Election Week, as news outlets work to cover voting, potential problems, the count, and the challenge of avoiding misinformation and disinformation in informing North Carolina residents. We’ll be joined by Brooks Fuller of the NC Open Government Coalition, general counsel Amanda Martin from the NC Press Association, and other election journalism experts. View the Zoom recording and archived chat.

Oct. 6, 1-2 pm: What to Expect 2020 – North Carolina

Join PEN America, the ACLU of North Carolina, the Greensboro Public Library, and the NC Local News Workshop for a live town hall with trusted Black journalists and writers in conversation about what voters in North Carolina can expect from the upcoming November election. With misinformation rife across the state, Black communities are relying on local and community news organizations to receive the most up-to-date and accurate election information. Join us to meet some of the local and community journalists doing this important work. FREE, nonpartisan event – Find the recording via YouTube.

Sept. 9, 9-10:30 am: Covering Voting for Voters

Absentee ballots began going out to voters in early September: What do North Carolina voters need to know, and how can journalists be prepared to share practical information and do watchdog reporting on the election process in their counties and statewide? Journalists heard from State Election Director Karen Brinson Bell, Durham County Election Director Derek Bowens on what they think voters need to know now; some reporters covering the election process offered tips on what local journalists should be watching in their counties; and several news orgs talked about their voter engagement projects. We also welcomed the national Trusting News Project to touch on how to report on misinformation. Bilingual session with Spanish language translation available. Replay the Zoom recording.

Aug. 26: What are we learning from 2020’s big stories about NC public records and open government?

Journalists, media lawyers, and open government advocates came together for a share-and-learn Zoom session to help identify issues that need our collective attention. Presented by the NC Local News Workshop and NC Open Government Coalition/ Sunshine Center at Elon, in partnership with the NC Press Association. Replay the Zoom recording.

Aug. 5: What are we learning about covering COVID-19 for NC’s Spanish speakers?

More than 30 journalism and media representatives, community leaders, and others shared examples of how NC’s Spanish-language media are covering the coronavirus pandemic for their audiences, how some traditional English-language media are adding Spanish-language content, and how important elements of the story and situation need more attention and focus. Replay the two-hour session via the Zoom recording.