The Knight Media Forum in Miami Feb. 26-28, 2020, featured participants in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative on a panel exploring Charlotte, North Carolina’s collaborative media environment.
Glenn H. Burkins, founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, an independent, for-profit website that provides news and content for Charlotte’s African-American community, and David Boraks, a reporter and host at Charlotte’s NPR station, WFAE, spoke at the “Charlotte: Collaboration and community engagement through media partnerships” panel.
All the presenters on the panel, which included Sherry Chisenhall, editor of The Charlotte Observer, are part of the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, a Knight Foundation-funded news collaborative aimed at finding solutions to problems facing the Charlotte region.
Qcitymetro is currently taking part in Cohort 3 of the UNC Table Stakes program, a yearlong program for media organizations focused on audience engagement and creating sustainable revenue streams.
“This was my third time attending the Knight Media Forum, and each year I come away with new insights. The speakers are inspiring and the breakout sessions are always outstanding,” Burkins said.
WFAE took part in Cohort 1.
“It’s valuable to meet other journalists from around the country to talk about the big issues facing our profession and the country. It’s a real chance to learn and share,” Boraks said.
Recently, Charlotte has received much buzz for its innovative news climate. WFAE is building a collaborative local news platform funded by the Google News Initiative, and the Knight Foundation is backing a series of community-based journalism events hosted by Qcitymetro.
The Knight Media Forum gathers funders and media leaders working to strengthen local news, community and democracy each year.
Topics discussed during the three-day forum ranged from the role of data and digital in democracy to how local funders can support local journalism.