To strengthen local journalism and encourage greater connection between reporters and Charlotte residents, Solutions Journalism Network launched the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative (CJC) in 2019. The CJC is a partnership of seven major media companies and other local institutions focusing on issues of major importance to the Charlotte region. Members of the collaborative include The Charlotte Observer, Carolina Public Press, La Noticia, QCity Metro, Qnotes, WCNC-TV and WFAE 90.7 FM, as well as the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The CJC is supported by a combination of local and national grants and sponsorships.
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Today's LGBTQ+ communities in North and South Carolina need a news outlet that celebrates their unique and diverse voices and lived experiences. QnotesCarolinas.com provides a new online platform that amplifies these stories and creates a hub for online engagement that is community-sourced and supported, community-involved and hyper-local.
The Dallas Media Collaborative will launch with coordinated Dallas-wide and county-wide coverage of various aspects of affordable housing, including and lack of housing, with a commitment to using a solutions-focused approach. With several media outlets and universities, a data think tank and a choral ensemble, and with guidance from the Solutions Journalism Network, the Collaborative will equip news sites, magazines, radio and student journalists to do together what each can’t do alone because of budget constraints and massive changes in how the news industry is funded. Our Collaborative will let us all keep our promise to fully inform citizens and encourage civil discourse that leads to civic engagement, ultimately holding the government accountable for its role in supporting solutions.
During 2022-2024, the Collaborative partners will do in-depth journalism to report on the selected challenge and possible solutions, arming the community with nonpartisan, independent data, information and ideas.
Throughout the two-year project, the Collaborative will bring together community leaders – public officials, activists, philanthropists, faith leaders and others who care about Delaware – for community conversations about how Delaware can effectively address the challenges examined by the Collaborative. In early 2022, the partners in the Collaborative selected polarization as the issue to focus on for the next two years. The Collaborative will report on and engage communities throughout Delaware on issues of racial, politicial, geographic and other types of polarization that divide us and advance solutions for how we can work together more effectively.
A project for the Charlotte LGBTQ Elders, Inside the Story was a series of programs celebrating the lives and experiences of the LGBTQ community through music, theatre and storytelling. The project was conceived by the late Dan Kirsch who was the leader of the Charlotte LGBTQ Elders up to his passing in February 2020. The project included a virtual concert and interview with musician June Millington of the all-female rock band Fanny, storytelling workshops with Hannah Hasan of Epoch Tribe, presentation on the history of the LGBTQ Choral Movement by Dr. William Southerland and a dramatic reading of the 1999 play "Life Versus the Paperback Romance" by Samantha Gellar with Project Enough.