The Local Reporter was founded in September 2019 as a non-profit, online newspaper by residents of Orange County who, after the loss of The Chapel Hill News, felt strongly that Chapel Hill and Southern Orange County deserved to have a reliable community news source. From the beginning, we have depended solely on reader’s donations and sustainer donors to fund our newspaper. That is why we write to you today.
Since our founding, The Local Reporter has:
- Hired local professional journalists and editors who work hard to bring you fair and unbiased reporting on topics that directly impact your community.
- Posted over 1,900 articles online, covering a wide variety of news and information not found in any other local news source, that are always free to read 24/7.
- Emailed 217 free, Weekly Edition Newsletters to our 3,000+ subscribers to help keep you informed.
- Provided weekly police blotter updates, Orange County-specific community notices, and free obituaries all on the home page for easy access.
- Entertained you with our many local columnists who are a combination of veteran journalists, journalism professors, humorists, authors, and experts in gardening, wildlife, biking, tourism, real estate and finance.
- Given you a voice to express your opinions freely, with Letters to the Editor, Guest Columns and Opinion/Editorials.
Some notable examples of our recent local coverage include:
- How to curb gun violence.
- How the national office space glut did not exclude the town of Chapel Hill.
- A personal interview with Antia Council of Mama Dips.
- An endearing eatery that went up in flames, with photos and personal interviews from the tragedy.
- Two Carrboro businesses that clashed and eventually we lost them both.
- Full coverage of the recent Municipal Election 2023.
- Articles highlighting our wonderful, local non-profits, like: Orange County Living Wage, Habitat for Humanity and HOPE, TABLE and the Community Empowerment Foundation which do so much for our community.
- Topics covering local government, growth & development, transportation, environment, health, arts and culture, business, crime, and schools.
We are proud of our online newspaper and all that we have accomplished over these last four years in bringing you local, reliable news, without requiring a paywall or cluttered with distracting advertising. We hope you have enjoyed reading it, too!
The Local Reporter is funded entirely with donations by readers like you to keep it going. We greatly appreciate the over 500 donors who have given generously because they recognize the need for more local news coverage in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and southern Orange County.
If you enjoy reading our articles and see the value of continuing this local Orange County news resource for many years to come, please consider donating to The Local Reporter . Your tax-deductible contribution will help us to continue bringing news and information right to your inbox every week and 24/7 online.
Thank you sincerely for your support — we couldn’t do it without you! 🙂
Friends of Local Journalism Board of Directors:
Additionally, you can mail a check, payable to:
Friends of Local Journalism (publisher of The Local Reporter), nonprofit EIN 83-4390359, POB 16341, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-6341