Our Chatham, the student-staffed Reese News Lab news service that delivers news to Chatham County, North Carolina, via a website and newsletter, uses audience-driven reporting as one way to reach readers.
Events are another.
On Oct. 25, 2019, Our Chatham will partner with Carolina Public Press for a community forum on hunger.
“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Carolina Public Press on this topic, which is so devastating for the county and impacts so many people there and across the state,” said Eric Ferkenhoff, a lecturer at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media who leads the Our Chatham project. “Hunger is a tough topic, and getting people to discuss what they’re going through is difficult. But I strongly believe our students have the knowledge on the issue and the empathy to deal with it carefully but analytically.”
The Chatham News + Record will also be taking part in the event.
This will be the third community event hosted by Our Chatham since the news service’s inception in 2018.
On Sept. 11, 2019, Our Chatham hosted a community conversation about poverty’s effect on education at the Jordan-Matthews High School Auditorium in Siler City, North Carolina, in partnership with The Chatham News +Record.
A previous May 15, 2019, community conversation, also in partnership with the Chatham News + Record, discussed issues of economic development, housing and disparity across the county and drew over 100 people.
Learn more about Our Chatham, the upcoming event and subscribe to Our Chatham’s weekly newsletter at OurChatham.com.