Lizzy Hazeltine is the Fund Coordinator for the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund at the North Carolina Community Foundation. She also coaches teams in the Knight-Lenfest Table Stakes program at UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, is a curator of API’s BetterNews.org, and consults on revenue and audience growth topics in news and beyond.
About the fund: The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund was established at the North Carolina Community Foundation in 2017 by a group of local and national funders who believe in the power of local journalism, local stories, and local people to strengthen our democracy. The mission of the fund is to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to the news and information they need to make their communities thrive.
The fund pursues that mission with an ecosystem strategy that combines grantmaking with programming to build resilience and sustainability in the news and information network while encouraging deep service to local communities. The model also seeks to advance the effectiveness of philanthropy in this sector by aligning grantmaking with the pooled fund and creating opportunities for funders to learn about the importance of local news and information for vibrant civic life.