Connecting, Convening & Capacity Building

The NC Local News Workshop connects, convenes, and builds capacity for people and organizations advancing transformative approaches to journalism and civic information as a public service for all North Carolina residents.

Annual Statewide Summit

Join the Workshop and the NC Open Government Coalition for its annual statewide news and information summit in March.

Media Equity

Our NC Media Equity Project helps news organizations tackle diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, from internal policies to content strategy to leadership development.

Community Listening

Our research helps newsrooms learn more about the news and information needs of communities across our state.

Our Mission


To join others across the ecosystem of local news and information, through the NC Local weekly email newsletter and by facilitating partnerships, networking, and collaboration.


To support journalistic quality, inclusiveness, problem-solving, innovation, and professional dialogue.


To build capacity through resource links and connections, coaching, and assistance for organizations tackling individual or collective challenges.

Ecosystem News

Learn more about what’s happening at the Workshop, including industry news, features on journalists throughout the state and more.

Behind the Scenes of the Charlotte Ledger’s Election Hub

Behind the Scenes of the Charlotte Ledger’s Election Hub

By Catherine Komp Newsletter Editor Last year, Charlotte Ledger Executive Editor Tony Mecia was approached by someone in the community with an interesting proposal: did he want to collaborate on a voter guide? Sucharita Kodali spent her days as a retail industry analyst, her nights researching candidates. She compiled detailed google docs about “hyperlocal, down-ballot, […]

Journalism with heart: Examining the role of care in news

Journalism with heart: Examining the role of care in news

By Catherine Komp, NC Local Newsletter Editor Last year, community-engaged journalism expert jesikah maria ross and Hearken CEO Jennifer Brandel brought together more than 30 people over six months to dig deep into the concept of care in journalism. Participants included newsroom leaders, reporters and editors, as well as scholars, artists and health care practitioners. […]

Housing investigation spurs statewide news collaboration

Housing investigation spurs statewide news collaboration

By Catherine Komp, Newsletter Editor From gentrification and affordability, to evictions and displacement, housing is a big topic across North Carolina. One strategy some localities are pursuing is “motel conversions,” seen as a faster, cheaper way to get permanent supportive housing up and running for the unhoused. In Asheville, members of the Blue Ridge Public […]

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