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ASHEVILLE — Please join the award-winning journalists with Carolina Public Press for two meetups in Buncombe County — the eighth and ninth in The News Exchange series — to discuss in-depth and investigative news across Western North Carolina — especially the people, places and issues going overlooked and under-reported.

We want to talk about journalism and the news in Buncombe County, Asheville and your specific community. What needs an investigative reporter to ask more questions? What’s the future of independent media, high-quality news and what does that mean for our communities?

And what can Carolina Public Press offer you — where you live, study, work, volunteer, worship and participate?

Meetup Details

Buncombe County News Exchange (#1)
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
6-7 p.m.
Green Sage Cafe Westgate, 70 Westgate Parkway, West Asheville (map)
More details here (via Facebook, via Meetup), and please look for the Carolina Public Press signs.

Buncombe County News Exchange (#2)
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

12:30-1:30 p.m., to be followed by tour of the Western Office of the N.C. Department of Cultural Archives
Western Office of the N.C. Department of Cultural Archives, 176 Riceville Road, East Asheville (map)
More details here (via Facebook, via Meetup), and please look for the Carolina Public Press signs.

These are two in of a series of free, public community meetings by Carolina Public Press, whose award-winning staff will visit all 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina in the coming months to connect with readers, donors, volunteers and content-sharing partners during a series of free, public community meetings called The News Exchange. Exchanges have already been held in Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties, with participants including residents, academics, community leaders and local community newspaper reporters and editors.

We’ll also introduce participants to Carolina Public Press, the region’s only nonprofit online journalism service providing the 18 westernmost counties of the state with unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting as well as educational opportunities to journalists, students and others.

Carolina Public Press believes that public interest reporting is critical to an informed, engaged electorate and to ensuring government accountability. The organization’s staff will share information about what makes CPP different and opportunities to become more involved in creating a thriving and independent investigative news service in WNC.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Angie Newsome by email or by phone at 828-279-0949.

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at anewsome@carolinapublicpress.org.

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