2022 Local News Impact Summit

The 2022 Local News Impact Summit will focus on solutions to Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis. As we seek to Stop Housing Harm in our community, the CJC will bring together community leaders, housing advocates and local news organizations to address this enormous issue.

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8:30 a.m. Check-in with light breakfast and coffee provided

9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Event Emcee: Fred Shropshire, WCNC

Fred Shropshire is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and WCNC Charlotte Main Evening Anchor, alongside Vanessa Ruffes. 

9:15 a.m. Radical Ideas to Tackle Affordable Housing

Guest Speaker: Nate Berg

Nate Berg is a journalist covering cities, architecture and urban planning. His work has been published in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Fast Company and more. Nate has written extensively about affordable housing solutions from the missing middle in Chicago, to state-owned housing in Germany and NOAHs in Charlotte.

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10:00 a.m. Interrupting Displacement in Charlotte

Interviewer: Lauren Lindstrom, The Charlotte Observer

Panelists include Charis Blackmon from West Side Community Land Trust, Tameka Gunn from Community Link, Winston Robinson from the Applesauce Group and Nadia Anderson, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UNC Charlotte and member of Charlotte Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Commission. 

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11:15 a.m. Understanding Housing Laws & Regulations

Interviewer: Lisa Worf, WFAE 90.7 FM

Panelists include Ely Portillo from UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Ismaail Qaiyim from Charlotte’s Housing Justice Coalition, Alyson Craig, Interim Planning Director, City of Charlotte and Isaac Sturgill from Legal Aid of NC. 

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12:15 p.m. Lunch, provided by Charlotte Journalism Collaborative

1:15 p.m. Solutions: What’s Possible When Community, Philanthropy and Journalism Work Together to Affect Change

Change: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nefertitti Jackmon from the City of Austin, TX is no longer able to attend our event. We will work to host a virtual event at a later date and appreciate the new panelists for creating this exciting session.

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Michael Davis, South Region Manager at Solutions Journalism Network

Michael Davis describes himself as a platform-agnostic storyteller who helps others become better storytellers. He has held an array of top leadership and creative positions at digital news sites, magazines, newspapers and broadcasting outlets. He was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University during the 1986-87 academic year. Later Davis wrote the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street and is a co-executive producer of the feature-length documentary film adapted from the book.

Alicia Bell, Director of the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy

Before joining Borealis Philanthropy in 2021, Alicia Bell worked at the intersection of media and organizing at Free Press for 5 years, where she was a strategic and founding partner of the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative. She started at Free Press as an organizing manager and then founded Media 2070, an initiative to open up access to capital for media makers of color to tell their own stories. Today, Bell leads the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund with the goals of distributing resources, leading with compassion and helping build a fairer media industry that serves audiences made up of people of color.

Charles Thomas, Director / Community and National Initiatives Program at Knight Foundation

Charles Thomas joined the Knight Foundation in February of 2016, and under his leadership the Foundation has invested over $25M in the Historic West End, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and in numerous Charlotte arts and local journalism initiatives. Raised in Charlotte, Thomas is the former executive director of Queen City Forward, a hub for entrepreneurs who have business ideas that address social needs. Prior to leading Queen City Forward, he served as the education director of The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film. A professional photographer, Thomas co-published a book of photography and stories with author Valaida Fullwood titled “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.” In addition to winning the 2012 Terry McAdam Book Award Thomas and Fullwood partnered with Johnson C. Smith University to create and launch a traveling exhibition titled the “Soul of Philanthropy: Reframed and Exhibited.” He serves on the board of trustees of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and is an active member of the New Generation of African American Philanthropy giving circle. 

Lizzy Hazeltine, Director for North Carolina Local News Lab Fund

Lizzy Hazeltine helps teams solve real problems, grow revenue to sustain themselves, and deepen their service to their communities. She applies hard-won lessons from local media, early-stage venture capital, and product management to build teams’ capacity for service and sustainability. As Director, Lizzy Hazeltine leads the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund’s overall strategy and portfolio, supports funders to maximize their impact, cultivates connections among organizations in the North Carolina news ecosystem, and tracks and amplifies case studies and lessons learned. With the goal of making the Fund and philanthropy more accessible, Lizzy holds open office hours, and especially encourages those who are new to grant seeking to connect. She also coaches teams in various national news transformation programs and supports industry-wide learning around revenue and DEI. Lizzy’s journalism training began at UNC Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.

2:30 p.m. Impact of Investment Companies on Charlotte’s Housing Stock

Interviewer: Diego Barahona, La Noticia

Panelists include Payton Guion from The Charlotte Observer, Nate Morabito from WCNC, Jessica Maria Moreno, Community Organizer with Action NC, Tiffany Capers, Executive Director of CrossRoads Corporation and Fred Dodson, Jr., COO & EVP of Real Estate, DreamKey Partners. 

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The Charlotte Journalism is supported by the Local Media Project, an initiative launched by the Solutions Journalism Network with support from the Knight Foundation to strengthen and reinvigorate local media ecosystems. Our work is also supported by the following sponsors.