The News Business is Broken
One after the other, local newspapers across the country have closed. Print advertising revenue declines every year. There are 51% fewer reporters than just a decade ago. Trust in news media has never been lower and local ownership is disappearing by the day.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The Nerve membership program helps you make the Charlotte area a better place through support for independent, community-focused reporting. Membership bridges the gap between you and the reporters that cover your life. Together, we form a vital partnership that fosters trust, togetherness and growth through journalism.
KEEP NEWS FREE & ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
Journalism isn’t free to create. Your support enables the newsroom to operate and meaningful projects to happen.
SEE SOLUTIONS IN PLACE OF PROBLEMS
Your support enables daily reporting and research-driven solutions stories.
CREATE REAL-WORLD IMPACT
Member support enables coverage like the protests in response to the police murder of George Floyd, our Black History of Charlotte series, homelessness and housing beat reporting and more.
WE TELL THE WHOLE STORY
In fact, we were founded in response to community feedback that traditional news outlets miss the context of community stories in pursuit of clickbait. When we surveyed our readers in 2021, they rated us 38 times more trustworthy than the national media. We’re nationally recognized and committed to reporting on effective responses to social problems facing our city. You deserve to be confident in your community’s news.
“The Nerve covers my community, my neighbors, events, and the issues that affect us more so than any other media I read. It has the grit of real-life Charlotte from her darkest corners and those are also places and stories that need and deserve coverage.”
“I count on the Nerve to be unflinching and unafraid to ask the sort of questions the other periodicals don’t or won’t ask. The Nerve has better contacts and goes deeper with stories that matter to people and affect our lives.”
“I read the Nerve to complement the mainstream media, it’s alternative journalism in the truest, best sense – telling me the story no one else will, from a perspective only the Nerve can offer. I read for great writing, hidden stories, interesting takes, real talk and the Truth.”
“Charlotte’s local news outlets are increasingly compromising journalistic integrity for sponsored content and ad revenue. QC Nerve shares the facts through on-the-ground reporting, supports Charlotte’s music & arts community, and never compromises their integrity. I love reading and supporting them!”
THE WIN-WIN-WIN OF MEMBERSHIP
At five bucks a month, you’re invited to all the events and you’re saying “Look, I get it. Nothing good happens for nothing.” That says a lot. Our entire team appreciates it.
Members who choose the Supporter option receive all of the benefits of lower-priced plans, plus valuable discounts at over 50 local merchants from around the Charlotte area.
Your Pillar membership supports local journalism and service organizations at the same time. Pillar members can designate advertising credit to the nonprofit of their choice.
Here’s how you can join hundreds of your neighbors and support the Nerve
Our process is streamlined so that you can sign up in two clicks.
1. FIND YOUR PLAN
With three plans and flexible payment options, we know you’ll find a membership tier that matches your lifestyle.
2. CHECKOUT IN MINUTES
Our process is so streamlined so that you can sign up in two clicks.
3. STAY CONNECTED AND INFORMED
You’ll be part of a thriving community of members that receives exclusive updates, benefits and event invitations.
CHANGE HAPPENS ONE STORY AT A TIME
Our community-based local journalism helps Charlotte residents who want to be informed by a range of representational voices by reducing governmental narratives highlighting only what is wrong, and by focusing on residents and establishing trust in our community to identify solutions, with a diverse range of writers to ensure representation in our longform storytelling. Will you help us represent Charlotte?