The Facebook Journalism Project and Lenfest Institute for Journalism announced their most recent expansion of the Local News Membership Accelerator and one of fifteen recipients is based in North Carolina.

La Noticia will participate in the second round of the program designed to help news publishers build their membership revenues. La Noticia is one of the state’s premier Spanish language print news publications.

The group will meet three times in Austin and work with news industry experts to strengthen their membership strategies both on and off Facebook. More than half of recipients are led by women or people of color, and their approaches to driving readers’ support span an equally diverse range of business models.

Training is coordinated by Tim Griggs, an independent consultant/advisor and former New York Times and Texas Tribune executive.

This is a continuation of the recent announcement within the Community Network and Accelerator program right here in North Carolina awarded to WRAL, Enlace Latino NC, and the Raleigh Convergence.

Two fledgling, NC media outlets win Facebook grants to expand local journalism

Local news organizations will use these grants to support projects aimed at building community and new paths to sustainability in local news.

The Facebook Journalism Project program continues its momentum to work with local news organizations to tackle these big challenges. If you aren’t aware of the company’s news partnerships work, their efforts to support local publishers fall into three areas:

• Free Products that Deliver Value to Publishers

• Tools that Help People Find Content that Matters to Them

• Investments & Initiatives that Empower Publishers Off of Facebook