Welcome to North Carolina, D.C. Reporter.
We're glad that your national publication found our state worthy of coverage, especially with all that stuff going on in your usual haunts: New York, California and Iowa.
In the past, some of your colleagues have made dumb mistakes when writing about North Carolina, so here are a few tips:
NORTH, SOUTH: We're not South Carolina, and we hate being confused with it. For starters, Charleston is in South Carolina; Charlotte, in North Carolina.
BARBECUE: That's a noun, not a verb. It's made with pork. There's two kinds: Eastern style has a vinegar sauce; Lexington style, a tomato-based sauce.
That should cover the basics. Now get to reporting!