About Us

Shoresides was launched by journalists in coastal North Carolina as a project of the nonprofit Working Narratives.  The devastation of Hurricane Florence exposed a need for local journalism in rural coastal North Carolina.  Shoresides acts as the region’s nonprofit civic journalism lab and produces stories, trains civic journalists, and brings communities together to build a healthy media ecology for the region.

Banner photo from the first Shoresides newsletter sent a week after Hurricane Florence hit the coastal region.


Shoresides is a project of the nonprofit Working Narratives.  We rely on individual donations, sponsorships, and grants to support our work in the coastal North Carolina region.

  1. Producing original content covering the region’s culture, politics, and pressing issues.
  2. Bringing people together through our Free Movement Conference focused on civic journalism in the coastal region
  3. Training civic journalists through our Coastal Youth Media Project and our Media Resilience Fellowship program
  4. Collaborating with local, regional, and national partners to increase our impact



Laura Bratton is an audio producer, WNYC “18-29 Now” Contributor, and native of Wilmington, North Carolina.  She produces Storm Stories and co-produces Shoreside News.

Franchon Francees is the director of Coastal Youth Media project, a program that trains regional youth in media production.  She is Shoresides youth media producer.     

Kevin Lee-Y Green is a dancer, choreographer, and theater director who was born and raised in Bolivia, North Carolina.  He is Shoresides Arts and Culture director. 

Sarah Sloan is a documentary filmmaker and media engagement expert.  From her hometown of Morehead City she runs the Shoresides Media Resilience Fellowship program training a cohort of citizen journalists to tell our region’s stories.  She is the producer of Flood Zone and the co-producer of Shoresides News.

Rend Smith is a journalist by trade whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Village Voice, New York Times and other outlets.  

Nick Szuberla is the executive director of Working Narratives and a veteran southern media artist, organizer, and narrative strategist.  He cut his teeth as a media producer and organizer working for civil rights at the Highlander Research and Education Center. Later, he worked at the rural media arts center Appalshop from 1998-2011 before launching Working Narratives. He is Shoresides go to swing worker.

You can mail inquiries, donations (make to Working Narratives with Shoresides in subject line), or pitches to Shoreside, PO Box 448, Wilmington, NC 28402, or email us at info@shoresides.org.  Learn more about Working Narratives.


Our news beat is the coastal plain of North Carolina.