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)

September

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. Register now!

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. Register now!

October—A look at incarceration in N.C. and related issues and potential solutions. More information coming soon!

Mid NovemberLet’s get political: A conversation with NC’s top political leaders.

Mid December2021, that’s a wrap: Ask us anything, special guests and prize

Scheduling underway:

Students after shutdown: What does the world look like as students return to school and other in-person activities as the pandemic continues?

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


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 here.

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 here.

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 here.

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 here.

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!

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

Watch the recording here:


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. 

Watch the event here: