Putting rivalry aside, NC newsrooms teamed up to keep the powerful accountable


Accountability journalism is sometimes bigger than competition.

That’s been a central tenet of the N.C. Watchdog Reporting Network, a coalition of dozens of reporters and editors at newsrooms across the state who have collaborated for the past year to tell more than 45 critical, complex stories with statewide reach.

The network’s work has expanded from its initial focus on COVID-19 testing to cover everything from the vaccine rollout to policing practices and the 2020 general election. And it now consists of journalists from seven newsrooms: Carolina Public Press, The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer, WBTV-Charlotte, WECT-Wilmington, WRAL-Raleigh and North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.

One year after the network published its first collaborative story, here’s a roundup of some of the group’s best work – and the impact it’s had on the state.

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