The big news: What’s next for Raleigh Convergence

Raleigh Convergence is evolving as we reach our 2nd anniversary, as I’ve mentioned earlier.

You may have seen some smaller changes: Reformatted newsletter design, an earlier, more consistent send time for newsletters, a weekly locally-grown ideas feature, all based on your feedback.

The biggest shift is today’s announcement. 

Raleigh Convergence helps Raleigh area residents understand, enjoy and engage in local civic and cultural life with our short, digestible and actionable content.

We also seek to build connections and empathy between neighbors through storytelling, and specifically our Converging Stories live storytelling events. 

Now, we’ll collaborate with you, the community, on issues of local impact and creative themes that bring together diverse perspectives and explanatory content.  

This new idea is called Converging Topics. 

In a cadence of every other month (at least for now), a new topic or theme will be announced. Raleigh Convergence will seek your questions, ideas and input, which will shape the content, conversations and experiences. 

Converging Topics will help you understand how our community works and how you can make it better.

Converging Topics will also introduce you to the people who are doing creative, inspiring things in our community. 

Like with all our content, Converging Topics will focus on being time well spent, not volume of content or length of event. I also hope each piece of Converging Topics serves as an access point of facts and resources for you to dig deeper on your own. 

The first Converging Topic will be Climate Change and Sustainability, and with that announcement, I’m opening up a Typeform to learn more about your questions and perspectives to shape the content of the next two months. 

And don’t worry — this isn’t going to become a single-topic news site.

Converging Topic content will be layered into the newsletter and website to dig deeper while still including the usual content you get in Raleigh Convergence, from local Covid info to local business openings. The newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date.

The announcement of Converging Topics is more than just a new initiative. It’s the next strategic step for this independent local news company.

Raleigh Convergence will be more than a newsletter — or any platform. It will continue to be an independent local news publication while growing as a convener, a catalyst and a community resource.

When we begin to measure the success of local news by its outcomes — making local news and information understandable and actionable while fostering empathy and community — we are redefining what community news can be.

Along with this news, I’m asking for your support to make this all it can be. Will you consider becoming a member? Click here to be a part of Raleigh Convergence’s future in our community. –Sarah Day 

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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