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Angie Newsome is a North Carolina native with a master’s degree in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is an award-winning reporter who spent nearly four years at the Asheville Citizen-Times, where she led newsroom initiatives and served as the Sunday Editor.

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Carolina Public Press is the North Carolina’s first online-only nonprofit news site dedicated to in-depth, instigative and independent journalism. Through a network of content-sharing, social media, newsletters and events, Newsome and her team hope to bring light to a region of western North Carolina where news is often overlooked due to newsroom layoffs and downsizing.

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Carolina Public Press has had major accomplishments in the areas of content, partnerships and organizational development in the last few months. Here are some I'd like to share:

Investigations and content creation:

  • We published our 500th and 501st posts at carolinapublicpress.org, which were in-depth reporting and photos exploring how a regional charitable foundation has helped shape the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and surrounding counties’ cultural preservation, economic development and environmental efforts.
  • We’ve exceeded our content-creation goals of three original reporting pieces (written, photos, multimedia, research and public records, analysis and resources), to average somewhere closer to five pieces a week.
  • We had our highest traffic to date in the month of June, at more than 9,500 visits and nearly 8,000 unique visitors, with page views at more than 12,400.
  • Our editors have appeared on TV twice and radio more than six times just in June to discuss our investigative reporting and public records expertise.
  • We launched a special investigative reporting project on a public-records issue dealing with the region’s largest police department and a taxpayer-funded audit of missing weapons, drugs and money in the department’s evidence room. Missing evidence has already led to the early release of suspects and the pleading down of sentences for those convicted of crimes. We are leading local reporting efforts on this issue, with our editors being called on by other media outlets and organizations across the region and state to discuss the issue.

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   • Posted by Angie Newsome on 07/05 at 10:11 AM