Substack Spotlight On: Local News

Jun 16 (Wed), 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Coordinated Universal Time


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Substack is supporting a new era for local news publishing. Our Substack Local program supports twelve local publications with mentorship, an advance, and services like expert advice, design, and editing services. 

Writers like Tony Mecia of The Charlotte Ledger paved the way for independent local news on Substack. In this workshop, we’re bringing together the greater community of local news writers to learn from Tony’s experience and absorb best practices for your own local news Substack publication.  

Join Us!

  • ​Who: Local news writers who are currently writing on Substack or exploring doing so

  • ​What: Live interview with Tony Mecia hosted by Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie, a demo of Substack best practices, and Q&A

About the writer
Tony Mecia worked in traditional journalism as the business reporter and editor with the Charlotte Observer before he decided to strike it out on his own. He started The Charlotte Ledger and grew it the old-fashioned way, relying on word-of-mouth from friends. Today, The Charlotte Ledger is a thriving business with a team of freelancers and regular contributors.

About the host
Hamish McKenzie is the co-founder of Substack and a writer. He authored Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil. He has been the lead writer for Tesla, an advisor to Kik, a tech reporter, and a freelance journalist covering everything from the World Beard and Moustache Championships to the world’s most comprehensive face transplant.

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