The NC Local News Workshop is housed at the Elon University School of Communications and is being led through its launch period by Melanie Sill, a journalism veteran and former news executive. The initiative is funded by the NC Local News Lab Fund at the NC Community Foundation.
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.
Editor, NC Local newsletter
Eric has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades, all of it in North Carolina. A UNC-Chapel Hill grad, he worked for more than 35 years at The News & Observer in Raleigh in editing, reporting, and senior leadership roles focused on news, audience and strategy. He is now the news and audience editor for EducationNC and a freelance writer.
Workshop student intern, 2020-21
Rayna, an Elon University senior double-majoring in strategic communication and media analytics, produces social media posts and handles other communications and Workshop support