Q City Metro

Housing, local government and the black community in Charlotte, North Carolina

Location: Charlotte, N.C.

About the News Organization: Qcitymetro.com is a 10-year-old hyperlocal website devoted to providing news and content relevant to the black community in Charlotte, NC. The site was launched because its founder, at the time deputy managing editor at The Observer, realized that black communities across the nation were being left behind in the move toward hyperlocal and digital coverage. In addition to the website, Q City Metro connects with readers through newsletters, social media and desktop push notifications. With more than 40,000 monthly unique visitors, Q City Metro is now the leading black-owned source of news and information for Charlotte’s large and growing population of black consumers. While Charlotte has black-owned print publications that have been around longer, Q City Metro is widely viewed as the medium of tomorrow.

About the Position: This Report for America corps member covers local government, especially governmental actions that impact communities of color. This reporter has a special emphasis on gentrification, displacement and issues pertaining to economic mobility in Mecklenburg County. This reporter attends government meetings, covers breaking news and, most importantly, is embedded in historically black neighborhoods that are undergoing transformation and displacement. Q City Metro’s Report for America corps member is directly supervised and edited by journalists with 35 years of newsroom experience — including experience as business reporters, foreign correspondents, White House reporters, business editors and deputy managing editors.