First Person Charlottesville is gaining momentum!
Charlottesville Inclusive Media’s collaborative project to raise up the voices of community members was featured at the American Press Institute Local News Summit on Opinion, Civic Discourse and Sustainability in April, as a new model for local opinion pages. We are reimagining local opinion pages by focusing on lived experiences, rather than just opinions.
We’re also a finalist for 2023 The Next Challenge for Media and Journalism Future of News contest! It’s an award to “a startup pioneering new ways to report the news and provide communities with fact-based insight, analysis, and information” that could help supercharge our work. It’s a program of Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media Group which identifies, elevates and invests in groundbreaking media ventures.
One part of the contest is about you, the public! A $10,000 award will go to the finalist in each division with the most votes! Vote for Charlottesville Inclusive Media here! You will be able to vote after a quick verification using your mobile phone number (which is not stored or shared by the organizers).
Want to learn more about this powerful partnership? Sarad Davenport of Vinegar Hill Magazine, Charles Lewis of In My Humble Opinion, and Angilee Shah of Charlottesville Tomorrow will talk about Charlottesville Inclusive Media’s origins, how the partnership is seeking to change the news ecosystem of central Virginia, and the first year of First Person Charlottesville at the Collaborative Media Summit in Washington, D.C. in June — and it will be streamed live!
Here’s where you can see the presentation at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 7.
Here’s the latest from First Person Charlottesville
Gun violence is as much about changing our culture as it is about changing our laws, says UVA undergrad activist
Karly Scholz says it’s time her generation changed its relationship with guns.
Listen: ‘When I transitioned, life just started.’
Next on In My Humble Opinion’s podcast, Charley Burton on being Black and trans in central Virginia.
Listen: With 500 restaurants in a 10-mile radius, Charlottesville chef Atwon Brinson says there has to be a better way to staff them
In My Humble Opinion’s podcast has a candid conversation with Brinson about his perspective on life in restaurants in central Virginia.
A car crashed into her living room — and it was all terribly inconvenient
Katrina Spencer learned to detach from disasters a long time ago. So when a car punched a hole in her home, life went on.
Why a crossing guard will suggest Charlottesville’s City Council install speed cameras near schools
Substitute crossing guard Adrienne Dent writes that drivers too often go too fast and that it’s time the city takes further action to slow them down.
More local News
Judge rules that the Ratcliffe Foundation cannot sue the city over the Robert E. Lee statue
The foundation was dissolved by the state when the lawsuit was filed. Now, only one plaintiff remains in the case.
C’ville Dems host City Council candidate forum Wednesday
The Democratic Council candidates who win the primary this year will “almost surely” become the city’s next councilors, said Vice Chair Nancy Damon.
Want to plant a garden? Gordon Avenue Library is giving away seeds
Librarians partnered with Piedmont Master Gardeners to offer free seeds and gardening advice.
Here’s why Primary Day could be City Council Election Day in Charlottesville
The only candidates for Charlottesville City Council at present are Democrats.
Charlottesville City Schools receives $17 million state grant to complete Buford
The Virginia Department of Education grant closes up the gap Charlottesville needed to complete funding for Buford Middle School project.