Staff and Elon Leadership

Administrative Core

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.


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