The Reach NC Voices chatbot lives Reach NC Voices

Chatbots are an emerging media innovation that show promise for increasing two-way engagement between organizations and their audience. It is a tool that will help us live up to the promise of two-way communication that is the blueprint for our EdNC Architecture of Participation. Initial versions of bots first showed up on social media, allowing Facebook pages to automate their interactions with members.… Full story »

Unpacking bureaucracy: Training public workers Weekly Insight What's Working

The public’s relationship with government bureaucracy is complicated. We simultaneously expect everything and nothing. Government bureaucracy is often a punchline. On good days it is the butt of our jokes. On bad days it is the scapegoat for our frustrations. Yet, like with most punchlines, bureaucracy is the target because it is complicated.… Full story »

Meet your latest Facebook friend Reach NC Voices

Facebook can be used for many things. Sharing photos of your kids. Commenting on the latest meme. Watching cooking videos. The list goes on. And now it can be used to tell us your opinion on the issues. Opinions that we will use to shape our coverage and therefore shape the policy debates facing our state.… Full story »

House committee considers funding formula task force legislation Government

The House K-12 Education Committee considered legislation Tuesday that would create a task force to look at the possibility of changing the way education funds are distributed in the state.  The idea was originally broached in a Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, which met prior to the long session. The draft legislation that came out of that committee would have formed a task force to consider changing the current funding formula from one that relies on allotments to one that is determined using a weighted-student formula. … Full story »

A New Chapter Weekly Insight

I moved back to North Carolina in 2005 after being away for a few years. My first full-time job back in our state was working for a public policy shop at UNC-Chapel Hill called the Program on Public Life.  Led by EdNC contributor Ferrel Guillory, the Program on Public Life sought to be a broker of research – to synthesize the work product from the universities and to frame it for the folks making decisions in Raleigh and Washington.… Full story »

A ripple and then a wave: Real people, real stories lead to change Reach NC Voices

Real stories touch people. Real stories reach people. Real stories educate, motivate, and inspire. EdNC’s Reach NC Voices is a new way for you to share your story with our state. Reach NC Voices inspired me to tell this story. A story beautiful in its complex simplicity. A real story about a real person.… Full story »

Rural matters Rural

This article is just a starting point for a conversation we want to have about rural North Carolina. We gathered some data, looked at some maps, and thought about what we saw. We shared it with colleagues across the state, added more data points, and included many of their observations. What trends do you see in the maps?… Full story »

Reach NC Voices: Returning to your roots of communications Reach NC Voices

In October I went to the North Carolina Barbecue Festival in Lexington. Everywhere I turned I saw homemade t-shirts and signs in support of then-candidate Donald Trump. I was surprised to not see signs in support of other Republican candidates or any Democratic candidates on the state or federal level. I called Mebane Rash on my way home to discuss a phenomena that was unlike anything I had seen in electoral politics.… Full story »

Introducing a new way for you to engage: Reach NC Voices Reach NC Voices

In the weeks leading up to and then after the election, Mebane Rash and I wondered whether folks living on Jake’s Mountain Road and other similar roads in rural parts of our state were being polled. We wondered whether those involved in the Charlotte protests were being polled. Whose priorities and voices were really being heard and included in debates about the future of our state and our country?… Full story »

Global Scholars Academy: Students seeking to be scholars Education

National School Choice Week is January 22-28, 2017. According to the website, “The goal of National School Choice Week (NSCW) is to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.” There is a historical marker in Durham noting a segregation protest at an ice cream parlor on the site in 1957.… Full story »