Fiona directs Free Press’ journalism program as well as the News Voices: North Carolina program, which addresses the crisis in local news by engaging people in local communities and forging connections between the public and the newsrooms that serve them. Before joining Free Press, she worked as a reporter and editor at Salon and at INDY Week, the alternative newsweekly of the Triangle area of North Carolina. After earning her master’s in public policy from Duke, she worked at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where she researched the information needs of low-income communities. Follow her on Twitter @fionamorgan-fp.
WILMINGTON — Do you want your news outlet to better serve the public interest in North Carolina? Are you covering the local movement for racial justice?
If you’re a reporter who wants to build skills in accessing public records, reporting on state government or understanding movements for social justice, please join us at the Free Movement Conference in Wilmington on March 23–25.
Free Press will facilitate the conference’s “Journalism and Media Justice in the South” track. The series of panels, workshops and discussions are part of our News Voices: North Carolina initiative, which focuses on connecting reporters and residents throughout the state.
Here are the details:
Here’s what’s on the agenda:
- MuckRock: Putting Public Records in Everyone's Hands: One of the leading open-government organizations in the country is coming to the Port City to train journalists, activists and anyone else who wants to learn how to access information under the Freedom of Information Act.
- How to Keep an Eye on Raleigh: A veteran journalist discusses how to keep tabs on the North Carolina General Assembly.
- How-To for Citizen Journalists: Led by student journalist Azuree Bateman and Professor Tamara Jeffries of Bennett College.
- Who Is Your Media Strategy? Free Press Organizer Alicia Bell shows community members, organizers and advocates how to build ongoing transformational relationships with local media.
- Legacy of Black Media: Featuring Free Press’ Joseph Torres, co-author of News for All the People; North Carolina Central University Journalism Professor Brett Chambers, who heads the Triangle Association of Black Journalists; and Octavia Rainey, columnist for The Carolinian.
- Truth, Fear and the Wilmington Water Crisis: With Lisa Sorg of North Carolina Policy Watch, Adam Wagner of StarNews, Wilmington-based activist Dana Sargent and Melanie Sill of the Democracy Fund.
- Anti-Oppression Media Strategies Toward Transgender Justice: Featuring Lewis Wallace of Scalawag, Reverend Debra J. Hopkins of Sisters Together and Reaching, Gabrielle Bellot of the Literary Hub and Kyle Dacuyan of PEN America, a national organization promoting freedom of expression.
Free Movement 2018 also includes sessions on ending mass incarceration, shutting down the school-to-prison pipeline, arts activism, grassroots fundraising and more.