SHELBY AND THE NORTH COUNTY DESERVE THE WHOLE STORY
Shelby deserves a properly-resourced, full-time reporter dedicated to telling the whole story of northern Richland County, so that its energy and culture connect to the rest of the region and beyond.
Over a year ago, our team at Richland Source began listening to Shelby and North County residents in a meaningful and structured way. The project aimed to see if folks had an appetite for deeper local news coverage. We interviewed dozens of community stakeholders, conducted surveys, and hosted listening sessions throughout the early part of 2022.
A clear picture emerged. Our neighbors to the north wanted to be more informed, engaged, and connected to one another and the rest of the region. They did not, however, want to lose their unique identity as “from the north.”
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COMMUNITY INVESTMENT MADE THIS HAPPEN
The Source is growing while other newsrooms shrink because leaders at six area companies stepped up in a big way.
We are very thankful to Phillips Tube Group, R.S. Hanline, ArcelorMittal, Lloyd Rebar, Hess Industries, and Shelby Printing. Their extraordinary vision and commitment to the residents of the North County created the pathway to a sustainable future for local reporting in Shelby and the North County.
MEET YOUR NEW NORTH COUNTY REPORTER
How deep are my Shelby roots? As deep as my 24 years will allow. Greetings and salutations. I’m Hayden Gray, the Richland Source reporter for Shelby and the northern part of our county. Born in Shelby in 1998 and a Shelby High School Class of 2017 graduate (the first class to do all four years…
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will this be a whole new web site? Nope. The reporting will appear on Richland Source to stay consistent with our county-wide coverage areas.
What if I just want the news from the Shelby area? That’s easy. Subscribe to North County News, which is the free newsletter that will wrap-up all the news that matters most to readers from the North County.
How will you make this position sustainable for the long haul? The reporting will become sustainable through a combination of individual and corporate memberships and local advertising and marketing services.
What is your membership goal? We’ve set a goal of 500 members by the end of 2023.
Will you have an office in Shelby? Probably not at first. As the old saying goes, “not much news happens in a newsroom.” We’re more interested in being places where people are, so a physical office won’t be the first priority.