North Carolina is full of stories that need to be told. Rural and urban local news outlets are struggling and downsizing here and across the country, even as issues like climate change, pollution, and public health become more urgent. That means fewer, and less diverse voices covering some of the most critical challenges of our time.

We believe that people who know the places they live best, who see injustice and resilience in their own communities, should be telling those stories. That’s why we’re hosting a virtual storytelling workshop for aspiring environmental justice writers in partnership with Women AdvaNCe, an organization that unites women to share their stories and help create a fair chance for every woman and every family.

The online workshop will be Oct. 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. A group of local and regional speakers will lead panels and breakout sessions on pitching, how to access public information, organizing and journalism, and how the industry works.

To apply, fill out this brief application by Sept. 22. We have 15 spots open. We encourage people of color, women, gender non-binary, and LGBTQ folks to apply. You must live in North Carolina. No professional writing experience required — just an environmental or justice-focused topic you’re interested in pursuing.

Participants will receive a $100 stipend, as well as a bag of materials and resources to start pitching and telling stories.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the North Carolina Local News Lab.

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