Under the agreement, news articles written by Charlottesville Tomorrow related to public education will appear in the online and print editions of The Hook beginning in June.
Charlottesville Tomorrow is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 to cover land-use, transportation and community design issues in Albemarle County and Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Tomorrow is expanding its staff and mission with the addition of a dedicated education reporter.
“Comprehensive education coverage is of value not only to parents and educators, but to everyone who cares about their community’s future and tax dollars,” said Courteney Stuart, The Hook’s editor. “Charlottesville Tomorrow has a strong reputation for balanced coverage of growth and development issues, and we have no doubt they’ll bring the same rigor to education reporting. We’re pleased to be partnering with another trusted local news source to better serve our community.”
Charlottesville Tomorrow launched a similar partnership in 2009 with The Daily Progress which will continue.
“We see this as the next logical step for our efforts to engage the community on quality of life issues,” said Charlottesville Tomorrow’s executive director Brian Wheeler. “Education is a big part of local government, parents and employers want more information about our public schools and we have school board elections that deserve more attention.”
“The partnership is an exciting development that ensures our trusted reporting gets even greater exposure,” added Wheeler. “We look forward to working more closely with the news team at The Hook to better inform the community.”
Charlottesville Tomorrow is funded entirely by individual donations, grants, and corporate underwriting. The agreement does not include any payment for content or promotional material.
Charlottesville Tomorrow thanks the following supporters for their lead gifts to launch this project:
Claude Moore Charitable Trust; League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area; Dick & Barbara Fontaine; VMDO Architects; Elizabeth Breeden; Stephen Shepard; and Lisa & Bob Moorefield.