The OC Report

Welcome to the OC Report from The Daily Tar Heel. The OC Report (for Orange County and Our Communities) is aimed at full-time residents of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough. We invite you to be part of this news coverage, by sending in community columns, and emailing us.

You can also help us expand. We've got big plans, but we need the help of our readers to pay for their news. Here's what could be possible.

  • At $1,000 per month from the community, we'll provide editor and reporter resources for a weekly email newsletter and expanded web presence for news and community op-eds/letters to the editor. This would include monthly gatherings.
  • At $3,000 per month, the weekly newsletter PLUS two-page section added to the printed  paper and delivered to 197 boxes across the county. Donors benefits would include the page PDFs emailed to them in a special email.
  • For $5,000, we could hire of a team of two students to work full-time on local coverage throughout the summer break. That's $250/week for 10 weeks.
  • An additional $2,000/month would allow us to hire a part-time adviser to improve the student training and institutional memory.

Go to startthepresses.org today to help us build the OC Report into what Our Communities deserve.

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Benjamin Knight, a junior at Chapel Hill High School, poses for a virtual portrait on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

We asked about your remote learning experiences. Here's what you said

Students and parents have expressed that remote schooling has been difficult in terms of socialization and equitable opportunities.  In a CHCCS survey, over 50 percent of respondents said they would return to in-person learning Ruth Williams, the parent of a kindergartner at Glenwood Magnet Elementary School, said her son's transition to online learning has been extremely difficult  The district has not yet made a final decision about when students will return to in-person learning


Carborro residents shop at the Carborro farmer's market Saturday, Feb. 9 2020.

COVID-19 increases food insecurity for low-income residents

The pandemic has increased food insecurity for community members such as refugees and those who live in public housing developments. Public housing developments are located farther away from grocery stores, often requiring a round trip of more than one mile.  Limited bus routes due to COVID-19 have added to inequities in transportation. Organizations, such as PORCH and Food Not Bombs, have been working together to provide aid to community members.


Taylor Heeden, a senior writer at the Daily Tar Heel and a senior journalism and communication studies double major.

OC Voice: Why you should vote in the U.S. Senate race

The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Taylor Heeden is a senior writer for The Daily Tar Heel and a senior at UNC majoring in journalism and communication studies.