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UNC Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative: Taking applications for third cohort

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The UNC School of Media and Journalism’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media is pleased to announce the third round of the UNC Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative and is…

EdNC’s award-winning N.C. community college coverage inspired by CISLM program

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For Education NC, taking part in the second cohort of UNC’s Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative proved a fruitful path, pivoting the four-year-old digital organization’s thinking about audience engagement and leading to…

Steven King wins UNC’s C. Felix Harvey Award for pediatric patient AR video game

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UNC School of Media and Journalism Assistant Professor Steven King has been awarded the University’s prestigious C. Felix Harvey award for his work on “Adventure Squad,” an augmented reality video…

Need a Digital Strategy?

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Revolutionary new technologies are compelling news organizations to recreate their business models or be left in history’s wake. The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur by Knight Chairs Penny Abernathy and JoAnn Sciarrino is packed with practical insights and guidance on all aspects of the business of media. Click here to explore case studies, videos, and essays by media leaders that will help you develop your own digital strategy. New material added weekly.


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