A recent UNC report looking at information deficits in North Carolina recommends a state C-SPAN station to allow better insight into lawmaking in Raleigh.
The report is highlighted in a Columbia Journalism Review article published Friday. Writer Andria Krewson observers that the dearth of statehouse reporters to track the N.C. General Assembly -- especially in the whirlwind final few days of session -- was compounded by the ongoing primary campaign and the looming Democratic National Convention.
She writes: "Enter a proposal for a statewide C-SPAN-style service—online, on-demand, and searchable. The concept gained traction during a January workshop hosted by UNC’s Center for Media Law and Policy to address issues raised by the FCC report, “Information Needs of Communities,” and emerged as the leading recommendation in a report issued by UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in June.
"The hope is that such a service could make it easier for journalists, citizens, and other watchdogs to keep an eye on what’s happening in the state capital, without filters from intermediaries like lobbying organizations or even, in some cases, traditional media."
It's a big ask, as the article notes. For one, the legislative chambers and committee room action isn't even captured by cameras now. Only audio is available. Click here for the full article.