Waiting for an evening event, I'm kicked back in the office. Taken by my editor, newsroom conversations are probably one of my favorite parts of being a journalist.
Being a barista for over 4 years, and one in Burlington at The Blend before starting at The News of Orange, I've met people across the area and have found that the best story ideas are often through simple conversation in line at a coffee shop – or my favorite lunch spot in town.
Winning the first "Awesome Fund" grant with an idea for pollinator gardens around Alamance County. Check out the project here.
Mayor of Burlington Ian Baltutis introduces the Awesome Fund idea at one of the monthly meetings for Engage Alamance. Burlington's "Millennial Mayor," he wears a top hat with some greenery representing the soon to be gardens around the county.
A group picture of the board responsible for determining the Awesome Fund winner. To see a recent update of the gardens, visit this blog post at the CoOperative website.
Charlotte Wray is currently a staff writer at the News of Orange County, a weekly newspaper covering the small town of Hillsborough, North Carolina.
As a small town reporter, I am privileged to make lasting connections and relationships with the community. This means I often find myself in a lot of different places, covering all types of stories. In this picture, covering the retirement of a park ranger at Occoneechee Mountain, I ended up collecting leaves as the ranger named their respective tree on a short hike up the mountain, as he reminisced on his time serving as the only ranger at the park.
Graduating in May 2016, I moved down the mountain from Boone, back to my hometown area in Burlington. Most of what I carry from college are things learned outside of the classroom, but often in the newsroom. Living and breathing the newspaper life as the managing editor of the student paper was one of my favorite experiences in college – challenging, but always, in every way, worth it.