Public interest reporting is critical to an informed, engaged electorate and to ensuring government accountability. Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit online news service, provides Western North Carolina with unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting as well as educational opportunities to journalists, students and others.
A sponsored project of the award-winning independent media organization, the Institute for Southern Studies, Carolina Public Press is North Carolina’s first online nonprofit news organization to be devoted to original, enterprise-level, investigative journalism in the public interest. It’s also the only news organization of its kind in the 18 westernmost counties of the state.
We are members of the N.C. Press Association, and our work can be found at www.carolinapublicpress.org and through our content-sharing partners, which include some of the region and state’s top radio, TV and print media organizations.
While we aim, every day, to offer high-quality news and information for and about Western North Carolina — everything from education and the environment to communities and housing — we also offer trainings for students, journalists and others on key reporting areas, including, but not limited to, public records and open government laws.
We believe Western North Carolina needs an organization devoted to producing and advocating for regional investigative and in-depth reporting, and we aim to produce, publish and offer just that.
Frequently asked questions:
Who’s doing this?
Carolina Public Press is made up of a small (read: tiny!) staff and a collection of contributing reporters and photographers who are some of the best and brightest journalists in the region and state. Some have shot photos for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Some have won awards for their investigative journalism. Some have written for small and large newspapers, conventional and independents alike. All are professionals, and we strive, every day, to uphold the Society of Professional Journalist’s Code of Ethics. The editors are solely responsible for the development of the site’s content. Our Advisory Committee helps set our strategic vision and plan for our financial health.
Board of Directors:
We also wish to thank the law firm of Brooks Pierce, a leading national media law practice based in Raleigh, N.C., for representing our First Amendment legal needs.
How are you funded?
Carolina Public Press is available for free through the generosity and vision of foundations, individuals, businesses and organizations that offer financial support to us. Since we’re a nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
By the way, we’re a not-for-profit media project by design. The focus of our work is on reporting and high-quality journalism, not on selling advertising or keeping those advertisers satisfied. To make this happen, we rely on the support of those who believe in our mission and the importance of a public press dedicated to in-depth, investigative and independent reporting.
So far, we’ve received support from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneur program and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Individuals and organizations also have made donations to Carolina Public Press.
Yes, we’re going to ask you for money. Your donations mean that we’ll write another story, take another photo, start another investigation. We can always use your help. We hope you believe in the power of the public media, too.
Do you accept advertising?
We accept donations or sponsorships from organizations and businesses that support our mission of producing and publishing high-quality reporting for and about Western North Carolina. We do not accept traditional advertising, nor do we endorse political candidates, businesses or organizations.
We greatly appreciate these businesses and organizations, but because we want to remain independent, fair and balanced, they — nor any other donor — have no influence over the content we publish or produce. The editors, reporters and photographers develop our content.
What area do you cover?
We strive to cover the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina, from Marion to Murphy. Our coverage area roughly follows North Carolina’s 11th congressional district and portions of the 10th. We also cover state news that is important to residents of Western North Carolina.
How can I submit my press release/news tip/photographs to Carolina Public Press?
How can I become a Carolina Public Press contributor or volunteer?
Contact us for writer’s and photographer’s guidelines or to pitch us a story. Volunteers are also worth their weight in gold. Contact the editor for how to help.
How can I become a Carolina Public Press intern?
We offer a variety of internship opportunities, including for reporters and photographers and those interested in social media and in becoming editorial assistants. Carolina Public Press is a highly efficient, fast-paced news organization. We’re online, but we aren’t bloggers or advocacy journalists. We are a new breed of media organization, one that’s received national, regional and local support for high-quality, unbiased in-depth and investigative reporting.
Our internships are individualized, not cookie-cutter, busy work in a corporate environment. Expect to have fun, to challenge and be challenged and to learn a ton in our fast-paced online nonprofit media project.
Based in Asheville, Carolina Public Press accepts interns from around Western North Carolina. Interns are encouraged, but not required, to live in Asheville during the duration of their internship.
Applicants must have access to a car, computer and other necessary equipment needed during their internship. Applicants are also encouraged to seek school credit for their Carolina Public Press internship; internships are generally unpaid, but approved expenses will be reimbursed.
Application deadline for Spring 2013: Dec. 10, 2012
Application deadline for Summer 2013: March 18, 2013
Application deadline for Fall 2013: July 1, 2013
Read this for full descriptions of our internships for 2013 [PDF]. Contact the editor for more information.
I have an idea for a story. What do I do?
Should I keep reading the daily and weekly newspapers and other online news sites?
Yes! The more information you have, the better.
But even though are many blogs, news sites, weekly and daily newspapers and other publications out there, we’re confident you will find information here you won’t see elsewhere. Make Carolina Public Press one of your first reads for resources, data, news and information about Western North Carolina.