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A free series of virtual conversations

About the ‘Ten for NC’ series

Ten for NC features special guests in conversation about many important issues facing North Carolina, such as the environment, coronavirus, the rise of news deserts, change agents for rural North Carolina and students and young people navigating COVID-19, among others. A Q&A session follows the conversation allowing the audience a chance to participate. All sessions will be recorded and published on carolinapublicpress.org. The series is part of CPP’s yearlong 10th anniversary celebration.

The events are free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. The events are designed to keep North Carolina informed, engaged and tuned into the issues that matter most to communities across the state.

Events schedule

(subject to change)

December

December 16—2021, that’s a wrap: Ask us anything, special guests and prizes. More information coming soon.


Previous events

May 5 — News deserts and ghost newspapers: What’s happening in North Carolina. Penny Abernathy, visiting professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, spoke with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome about the threats news deserts and ghost newspapers pose to communities, and whether nonprofit journalism can make a change in North Carolina. View the recording below.

June 24Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and what it means for North Carolina. Featuring Deborah Ross, the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, based in Raleigh; Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of NCCASA (North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault), Carianne Fisher, Executive Director and Kathleen Lockwood, Policy Director, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and our lead investigative reporter, Kate Martin. View the recording below.

July 8North Carolina’s Business Climate After COVID. In partnership with Business North Carolina. Featuring Dr. John Gossett, President, AB Technical Community College; Business NC Editor David MildenbergLeah Wong Ashburn, CEO, Highland Brewing; Christopher Chung, CEO Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and Wit Tuttell, Executive Director of VisitNC. Sponsored by Asheville-Buncombe Tech Community College. View the recording below.

August 19 — Literary North Carolina: Drawing inspiration from the Tar Heel state. A panel of authors and literary experts will discuss North Carolina as a popular setting and literary inspiration and explore why our state is such a fertile resource for authors. Featuring Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Jacqueline deGroot, Jaki Shelton Green and Terry L. Kennedy. Sponsored by Asheville-Buncombe Tech Community College. View the recording below.

September

22—Changing Tides—Companion event to our 4-part series by our environmental reporter Jack Igelman exploring how erratic weather patterns are affecting the state’s commercial and recreational fishing industries. View the recording below.

16—Investigative reporting in the South: The good, the bad, the hard. Featuring panelists from The Marshall Project, ProPublica’s southern desk and the Associated Press. View the recording below.

October

14—Game changers: N.C. leaders making a difference in rural communities. A partnership with The Rural Center.

November

17—Running elections in NC: An insiders’ perspective. Exploring redistricting and the 2022 election landscape.

3—Raising Jails: A look at incarceration in N.C., related issues and potential solutions.

We are continuing to add events and information. Check back often!


Event recordings

Check back often; we are adding events and panelists on an ongoing basis!

Nov. 17, 2021

Running elections in NC: An insiders’ perspective

Exploring redistricting and the 2022 election landscape. Featuring Karen Brinson-Bell, Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections; Christopher Cooper, the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor and Director of the Public policy Institute at Western Carolina University; Robert Korstad, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and History at Duke University; Martha Kropf, Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte and Jordan Wilkie, a Carolina Public Press staff reporter and Report for America corps member.

Nov. 3, 2021

Why are some N.C. counties building bigger jails?

A panel of experts looks at incarceration in N.C., related issues and potential solutions. Panelists: Felicia Arriaga, Visiting Research Scholar Princeton School of Public and International Affairs & Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University; Amanda Hughett, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of Illinois Springfield; Kristie Puckett-Williams, Statewide Campaign for Smart Justice Manager, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina; Jessica Smith, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Director, Criminal Justice Innovation Lab, School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jordan Wilkie, Carolina Public Press staff reporter and Report for America corps member.

October 14, 2021

Game changers: N.C. leaders making a difference in rural communities.

Who are the leaders in change working for rural North Carolina? In partnership with The Rural Center, we dive into this topic.Featuring Brianna Goodwin, Executive Director, Robeson County Church & Community Center; Misty Herget, Vice President of Programs & Strategic Partnerships, The Rural Center; B. Ray Jeffers, Policy and Program Manager, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA); LB Prevette, Senior Training Manager, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

September 22, 2021

Changing Tides: What’s destabilizing North Carolina’s coastal ecology?

Companion event to our 4-part series by our environmental reporter Jack Igelman exploring how erratic weather patterns are affecting the state’s commercial and recreational fishing industries.


September 16, 2021

Investigative Reporting in the South: The good, the bad and the hard

Featuring panelists from The Marshall Project, ProPublica’s southern desk and the Associated Press and Carolina Public Press Lead Investigative Reporter, Kate Martin.


August 19, 2021

Literary North Carolina

Drawing inspiration from the Tar Heel state. A panel of authors and literary experts will discuss North Carolina as a popular setting and literary inspiration and explore why our state is such a fertile resource for authors. Featuring Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Jacqueline deGroot, Jaki Shelton Green and Terry L. Kennedy. Sponsored by Asheville-Buncombe Tech Community College.


July 8, 2021

North Carolina’s business climate after COVID

In partnership with Business North Carolina. Featuring Leah Wong Ashburn, CEO, Highland Brewing; Christopher Chung, CEO Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; Dr. John Gossett, President, AB Technical Community College; Business NC Editor David Mildenberg. Sponsored by AB Tech Community College. Register now.

In partnership with Business North Carolina.

June 24, 2021

Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and what it means for North Carolina

Featuring Deborah Ross, the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, based in Raleigh; Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of NCCASA (North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault), Carianne Fisher, Executive Director and Nisha Williams, Legal Director, NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and our lead investigative reporter, Kate Martin


May 5, 2021

News deserts and ghost newspapers: What’s happening in North Carolina

Penny Abernathy, visiting professor at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, talked with Carolina Public Press Executive Director Angie Newsome about the threats news deserts and ghost newspapers pose to communities, and whether nonprofit journalism can make a change in North Carolina. A former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and the former Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, Abernathy has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive. She has extensively researched and spoken on the rise of news deserts and ghost papers and the threat it poses to democracy.