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Share your view: You're invited to a community forum on local issues and news

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Lilly Knoepp
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You're invited to share your views about local issues that matter to your community — and tell local news and information organizations how you want to be informed.

The listening session will take place November 17th at Western Carolina University at the University Center at 245 Memorial Dr in Cullowhee, NC.

Please register by November 10th so we can ensure we have enough space and food for everyone. Doors open at 5:30 and parking is free after 5 pm.

Click here to register.

Join Blue Ridge Public Radio, NC Local News Workshop, WNC Health Network, Carolina Public Press, Carolina Demography and more for a community conversation about local issues and news and information.

We'll share a light dinner at 6pm, followed by a presentation about the challenges with high-speed broadband access in Western NC. Then you’ll be introduced to journalists who want to hear directly from you.

We'll break into groups to discuss:

  • Local issues that are important to you and your communities 
  • How you find out information, and the sources you trust 
  • What kinds of news and information would help residents work toward solutions 
  • How challenges accessing the internet, and other economic factors, affect your ability to access information you need. 

This isn’t a panel discussion. It’s a conversation where we want to hear your voice.
This event will not be recorded or broadcast, but event organizers will share what we hear from you with news and information organizations, so we can better serve and engage with your communities

The event is part of NC Local News Workshop’s initiative to learn how WNC residents access and use news and information in their local community.

NC Local is also collecting input through an online survey for WNC residents. Here's the survey.

The event is free, and dinner is on us!

Help us spread the word and share the event on  Facebook.

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.