Funding enables nonprofit newsroom’s continued focus on coronavirus impact on communities across North Carolina

Carolina Public Press today announced that it is one of 200 news organizations in the U.S. selected to receive the Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 US Local News Relief Grant. Combined, these organizations will receive nearly $16 million in grants through the Project’s relief fund for local news. The initiative encourages community through quality journalism by training and partnering with newsrooms around the world and it comes as many newsrooms face unexpected financial constraints at a time when their communities need them more than ever. 

Communities throughout North Carolina count on us to deliver accurate reporting that helps keep their families safe and brings our state together. And, we’re committed to continue our reporting—reporting that delivers facts instead of fear,” said Angie Newsome, Carolina Public Press founder and executive director. “We are so grateful to receive this grant. This will allow us to continue serving our residents during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond, and to respond to immediate community needs.”

Carolina Public Press is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit statewide news organization devoted to in-depth and investigative reporting across North Carolina. It was one of 2,000 applicants for the COVID-19 Local News Relief Grant Program from newsrooms across every state in the U.S., all U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.

The grant will primarily support the organization’s overall operations and the work of its reporting team to cover COVID-19, as well as reporting about elections and open government in conjunction with CPP’s partnership with Report for America.

Organizations in North Carolina receiving the grants are:

Carolina Public Press Asheville, N.C. Grant Amount: $100,000

Chatham News + Record Siler City, N.C. Grant Amount: $30,300

EducationNC Raleigh, N.C. Grant Amount: $99,153

Enlace Latino NC (Fiscal Sponsor El Centro Hispano Inc.) Knightdale, N.C. Grant Amount: $66,000

La Noticia* Charlotte, N.C. Grant Amount: $40,000

Qcitymetro Charlotte, N.C. Grant Amount: $100,000

Scalawag* Durham, N.C. Grant Amount: $40,000

The Smoky Mountain News Waynesville, N.C. Grant Amount: $75,000

WFAE 90.7 in collaboration with Qcitymetro and The Charlotte Ledger Charlotte, N.C. Grant Amount: $100,000

An asterisk denotes participants in the Facebook Accelerator program who are receiving grants. Learn more about the Facebook Accelerator and the COVID-19 Local News Relief Grant Program. Email Carolina Public Press Development Director Lisa Lopez for more information about Carolina Public Press.

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