Triad City Beat

We used our NC Local News Lab Fund grant to hire a city reporter who covers city council meetings in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, filing three to five pieces per week about the meetings and the people affected by the decisions made there. No one had been regularly covering these meetings. Gale Melcher has filed 116 stories since she began in January, garnering nearly 1 million page views—one of her first pieces, on temporary housing for homeless in Greensboro, got more than 400,000 page views— and affected some policy decisions. We hope to replicate this project on the county level.