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Finding solutions, informing communities, together.

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Our Core Values

We choose courage over comfort.

  • We report for truth, even when the truths are unpopular or uncomfortable.
  • We explore alternative, creative ways of reaching audiences with an eye towards impact.
  • We utilize our collective power to research and voice solutions to city crises even when powerful people and institutions are invested in maintaining the status quo.

We act in service for our community.

  • We remain hyper focused on the problems facing Charlotte residents.
  • We seek solutions for community health and well-being and aim to strengthen the overall connections with the local news ecosystem.
  • We present news that resonates with and reflects diverse communities.
  • We intentionally create opportunities for diverse communities to engage.
  • We share information that helps residents navigate complex situations.

Stop housing harm in Charlotte.

We do this through rigorous and collaborative solutions journalism. As we grow as news professionals and as a collaborative focused on increasing opportunity for engagement and trusted information in the local news ecosystem — our goal is to impact the community we serve while revitalizing a sustainable and trust news community that is supportive and vital to the growing city of Charlotte.

The Charlotte Journalism Collaborative is dedicated to provide a platform and structured community journalism partnership that supports the future of Charlotte in its work, serves as a trusted source of information and news and addresses the problems that are the most important to our city’s residents.

Who we are

Members of the collaborative include The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, La Noticia, QCity Metro, QNotes, WCNC-TV, and WFAE 90.7FM, as well as the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and Free Press, a community-engagement organization.

Formation of the group was led by Michael Davis, South Region Manager for the Solutions Journalism Network, based in the Charlotte area. Primary representatives of the collaborative are:

Glenn Burkins, Editor and Publisher who founded QCity Metro, the leading news website serving the African-American community in the Charlotte region

Sherry Chisenhall, President and Executive Editor at the Charlotte Observer, the leading daily newspaper and news website in the Charlotte region

Seth Ervin, Chief Innovation Officer at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which works closely with the CJC, hosting charlottejournalism.org and providing meeting and event space throughout the city.

Hilda Gurdian, Publisher and founder of La Noticia, the primary media outlet serving the Latino community across North Carolina

Carrie Hofmann, News Director at WCNC-TV, an NBC affiliate owned by TEGNA Inc., and one of the major television stations in the Charlotte region

Jennifer Lang, Senior Editor, Digital and Product at WFAE, the NPR news station in the Charlotte region

Laura Lee, News Editor at Carolina Public Press, an independent nonprofit news organization in North Carolina.

Amy Lehtonen, Community Initiatives and Sales Integration Director at WCNC-TV, an NBC affiliate owned by TEGNA Inc., and one of the major television stations in the Charlotte region

Ju-Don Marshall, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President at WFAE, the NPR news station in the Charlotte region.

Rick Thames, Executive in Residence at the James L. Knight School of Communication, and former Executive Editor of the Charlotte Observer.

Jim Yarborough, Publisher of QNotes, the innovative media firm established to serve the LGBTQ community in the Charlotte area.

Staff

Chris Rudisill, Director
Email: director@charlottejournalism.org

David Griffith, Data and Impact Editor

Margaret Thacker, Audience Engagement Intern

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