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Center for Public Policy Research joins EducationNC

EducationNC is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research has been restructured and is now an integral part of EdNC’s organization and operations. EdNC is expanding its distribution of “knowledge journalism” – illuminating solid reporting with in-depth analysis – and the distinguished 40-year legacy of the Center strongly supports this expansion. This is another step in EdNC’s pioneering work to define the new media landscape in North Carolina and nationally.

Mebane Rash, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of EdNC, has named Nancy Rose – the former President of the Center and long-term Center employee – to be the COO of EdNC.

“We are thrilled that the Center’s mission will be carried on by EdNC,” says outgoing Center Board Chair Steve Brechbiel. “Considering EdNC has demonstrated their ability to effectively use various channels and particularly social media to deliver policy-related research and analysis to a broad audience, we are excited that the rich legacy of the Center will continue in their capable hands.”

In an era of transition for legacy news organizations and legacy think tank organizations, we envision a future where EdNC employs multi-media journalists who tell the story of what is happening in real time using the social tools of today – and tomorrow. Seasoned journalists and policy researchers will conduct long form journalism, explainer pieces, and provide in-depth analysis on the news to guide and shape public policy.

“EdNC looks forward to incorporating the legacy of the Center to serve our students, our schools, and our state,” says Rash. “Our online platform will continue to distribute independent content in ways people will access it, read it, and share it.”

“This era of digital communication technology has brought about significant shifts in the dissemination of journalism and policy analysis,” says Ferrel Guillory, the Vice Chair of EdNC. “As the NC Center for Public Policy Research becomes part of EdNC, our work will build a stronger base for enriching North Carolina’s public dialogue and decision making, with our school children – the future of our state – at the center of our work.”

For more information, contact Mebane Rash at 919-539-4851.


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