CISLM will grow a more equitable and sustainable future for local news, the journalists who make it and the communities that need it. Through the intersection of research, education and practice, we will redefine sustainability to mean more than revenue. We will cultivate, feed and support the human resources who will reinvent journalism.
Reinventing Local News
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2024 Local News Researchers Workshop
Local news researchers and supporters across academic, industry, nonprofit & government sectors: Join us at Duke University next March for the 2024 Local News Researchers Workshop!
Andrew DeVigal, endowed chair in journalism innovation and civic engagement at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication, is also director of the Agora Journalism Center. DeVigal spoke to CISLM to give an overview of his work at the center.
“In most rural areas in particular — and that’s where I study a lot — there’s a huge need for local news. I mean, there’s nowhere else for these folks to get the news themselves.”
The Whiteville News Reporter and High’s Border Belt Independent co-hosted the stop about rural local news on the 2023 Tar Heel Bus Tour East.
CISLM is looking back at six years in local news transformation: “Is this a story that really needs to be told, and will it make a difference? And (Table Stakes) really helped me step back and focus on those questions.”
Erica Perel, CISLM Director, spoke about how concerned people should be about the future of (especially local) journalism + why it is important for young journalists to be flexible and creative as they enter the industry.
“It’s probably not surprising to a lot of people in the field, but it definitely should be something that’s dealt with and not thought of as OK,” said Elizabeth Thompson, CISLM local news researcher and the survey’s lead.
Following more than a decade of layoffs and consolidation in the local news industry, 70% of journalists have experienced work-related burnout, according to a new survey from the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media.
Journalists, academics and news professionals traveled to Elon University to report updates on their respective works and share ideas on sustainability in local news.