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News and Observer, Innovate Raleigh launch new reporting program

The News & Observer and Innovate Raleigh will launch a new reporting fellowship program this summer to enhance news and feature coverage of the region’s technology, innovation and entrepreneurship sectors.

A grant from Innovate Raleigh and a coalition of local partners will provide funding for the N&O to hire a reporter for at least two years to write about those issues.

The reporter will focus on coverage of people, companies, key issues and trends in Raleigh and across the Triangle. Topics will include technology startups and main street businesses, biotechnology, and education issues related to those areas.

The News & Observer will maintain full control over all reporting, writing and hiring.

“We’re thrilled that Innovate Raleigh’s partners believe in the value of independent, local journalism and are willing to support storytelling about the growing community of innovators and entrepreneurs by funding this staff position,” said Robyn Tomlin, executive editor of the N&O and regional editor for McClatchy’s newsrooms in North Carolina and South Carolina.

“It’s a challenging time for local news organizations, but this is a creative partnership that will help us better serve our community.”

Bridget Harrington, executive director of Innovate Raleigh, said, “Great journalism is a powerful resource for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect to their community’s talent and support. Collectively, the stories we tell are vital in shaping our community’s future. I’m grateful for our partners’ support and the N&O’s leadership of this innovative program.”

Innovate Raleigh is a non-profit charitable organization whose primary focus is to help grow and connect the regional entrepreneurship community. Funding partners in the reporting fellowship program are:

  • American Underground
  • Bandwidth Inc.
  • Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • HQ Raleigh
  • Loading Dock Raleigh
  • Murphy’s Naturals
  • NC IDEA FOUNDATION
  • NC State University
  • Research Triangle Park
  • REX Health Ventures
  • Shaw University
  • Vaco
  • William Peace University
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