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Oct. 30, 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.