In Charlotte, Does a Smartphone Help Get You a Job?

Andrew Au of the Knight School of Communication at Queens, preparing for an online broadcast, Charlotte, NC, March 2017

Three Charlotte experts will discuss the relationship between digital inclusion and economic mobility in an online community forum at noon Wed., March 15. The program is hosted by the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte.

Participants can join the online discussion at

Charlotte city councilman James Mitchell; Kevin Dick, economic development director for the City of Charlotte; and Patrick Graham, president and CEO of Charlotte Works, will examine the role of digital skills in Charlotte workforce development. Bruce Clark, project manager for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg digital inclusion steering team, will moderate the panel.

Knight School students will help produce and stream the event on Facebook Live between noon and 1 p.m., and questions will be taken from the online audience.

An initiative of the Knight School of Communication, Digital Charlotte is focused on strengthening levels of digital inclusion in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, including literacy, connectivity, and device availability.

An April 2015 study by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley ranked Charlotte-Mecklenburg among the worst areas for intergenerational economic mobility. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force has been focused on the issue since 2015.


Photo, above: Andrew Au, director of community programs for the James L. Knight School of Communications at Queens, tests equipment that will stream online video of the March 15 event. Photo by Joe Cornelius.

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