Carolina Journal is a pioneer in nonprofit journalism, having published thousands of articles on politics, education, health care, regulations, crime, taxes, and other issues since its founding in 1991. CJ, with a statewide print circulation of more than 40,000, covers state government and the General Assembly, including not only news and investigative stories but also commentary and analysis.
The print Carolina Journal is augmented by Carolina Journal Online, which offers daily news, commentary, and analysis of North Carolina politics and policy. During the first quarter of 2019, Carolina Journal Online served more than 150,000 unique visitors. In addition, Carolina Journal News Service distributes news content to media outlets across North Carolina, serving more than 300,000 readers in an average month. Nearly 60 newspapers have run CJ stories in their print or online editions. According to a recent survey by an independent consulting firm, Carolina Journal in all its formats is read by about three-quarters of North Carolina “influentials” — politicians, government staffers, lobbyists, CEOs, journalists, civic leaders, and political activists.
CJ reporters and editors are active on a host of social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and the John Locke Foundation’s statewide Locker Room blog. They also appear on numerous radio and television programs as sources for interviews or commentary on events in the news.
CJ is a leader in investigative journalism in North Carolina. It has exposed corruption, conflicts of interest, and misuse of public funds by public officials, including members of Congress and members of the North Carolina General Assembly. It also has exposed malfeasance on the part of economic developers and nonprofits that receive state and federal funds.
CJ also produces Carolina Journal Radio, which provides an hour-long newsmagazine broadcast each weekend in nearly 20 markets across the state. CJ Radio also is available to member stations on Curtis Media Group’s North Carolina News Network, which has nearly 80 affiliates statewide.