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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 Carolina Public Press, The Charlotte Observer, 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 and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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:

Carolina Public Press, an independent nonprofit news organization in North Carolina

  • Ellen Acconcia, Director of Audience Engagement
  • Kara Andrade, Editor in Chief
  • Angie Newsome, Founder and Executive Director

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which works closely with the CJC, hosting charlottejournalism.org and providing meeting and event space throughout the city.

  • Rachel Kubie, Reference Librarian, Information Services
  • Elesha Roupp, Library Administrative Coordinator
  • Martha Yesowitch, Community Partnerships Leader at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

The Charlotte Observer, the leading daily newspaper and news website in the Charlotte region

  • Rana Cash, Executive Editor
  • Anna Douglas, Deputy Managing Editor

Knight School of Communication at Queens Universitydevelops students into creative communicators who become engaged citizens and leaders in the communities they serve

  • Robert Page, Director of Digital Projects, Advisor to Student Media at Knight School of Communication
  • Nicole Hoerschelmann, Dean of the James L. Knight School of Communication

La Noticia, the primary media outlet serving the Latino community across North Carolina

  • Diego Barahona, Editor
  • Hilda Gurdian, Founder and Publisher

QCity Metro, the leading news website serving the African-American community in the Charlotte region

  • Glenn Burkins, Founder and Publisher

Qnotes, is the LGBTQ arts, entertainment and news publication based in Charlotte.

  • Jim Yarborough, Publisher

WCNC-Charlotte, an NBC affiliate owned by TEGNA Inc., and one of the major television stations in the Charlotte region

  • Carrie Hofmann, News Director
  • Amy Lehtonen, Community Initiatives and Sales Integration Director

WFAE 90.7 FM, the NPR news station in the Charlotte region

  • Jennifer Lang, Director of Digital News and Audience Engagement
  • Ju-Don Marshall, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President
Staff

Chris Rudisill, Director
Email: director@charlottejournalism.org

Kayla Gibson, Digital Humanities Librarian, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

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