Charlotte arts effort is finalist for grant

An alliance between several Charlotte media outlets - including the Observer - and UNC Charlotte is one of five finalists for a grant to support local arts journalism.

The media companies and university will team up to create the Charlotte Arts News Alliance where journalists will cover arts events around town and have their work published across multiple media platforms, including a newly-developed app. Aspiring journalists will be trained at UNC Charlotte.

Partners in the effort include the Observer, Charlotte Viewpoint, UNC Charlotte, WCNC-TV, WFAE Public Radio, and Qcitymetro.com.

The other finalists in the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge are for projects in Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and San Jose, Calif. Six projects also were designed at honorable mentions.

The finalists will work with a consultant and receive up to $20,000 to further develop their plans, and could receive up to $80,000 to implement the projects.

More information about the project and the other finalists will be shared during a webcast scheduled for 1 p.m. today at bit.ly/mZQLHS

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