To strengthen local journalism and encourage greater connection between reporters and Charlotte, N.C. residents, Solutions Journalism Network launched the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative (CJC) in 2019, a partnership of six major media companies and other local institutions focusing on issues of major importance to the region. The CJC is modeled on the Solutions Journalism Network method of investigating and reporting news with a primary focus on solutions to community problems. The CJC is currently focused on the affordable housing crisis in Charlotte and covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlotte is a rapidly growing region whose citizens face increasing difficulty finding affordable places to live close to work, schools and community centers. This is causing enormous stress on those with the fewest resources, including people of color and working class residents affected by skyrocketing property values and taxes, and the increasing problem of displacement. Learn more
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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.org will provide 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 project will start in Charlotte, N.C. and the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill), creating a model that will allow future expansion across the Carolinas.
This is a project of qnotes and Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc. Funding from the Google GNI Innovation Challenge will allow the organization to build out this new website and offer storytelling and community reporting workshops. It also covers engineering and software costs associated with building out interactive portals where readers and journalists can take part in meaningful conversations through community forums, etc. The long-term goal is to create a news and storytelling opportunity in communities across North and South Carolina with a sliding scale membership that allows sustainability and financial support of LGBTQ journalists, while encouraging open forums that give voice to people across the two South. Learn more
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.