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A Conversation with Paul Volpe of POLITICO

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On April 5, the UNC School of Media and Journalism welcomed Paul Volpe to campus to share his experience working as the executive editor at POLITICO and, previously, as a…

Newsmaker Insights: What Happens When a Town is Left Without a Newspaper

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Knight Chair Penny Muse Abernathy delivered the 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media last week to an audience of journalists, media executives and concerned Kansas citizens. Afterwards, Abernathy appeared…

CISLM Hiring Paid Student Intern

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Interested in helping save community newspapers? The UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media is hiring a paid intern to research community newspapers between May and August, 2018….

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What exactly is a “News Desert”?

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By Knight Chair Penelope Muse Abernathy There’s been a lot of buzz in the press recently, including Nieman Lab, Washington Post and DFM Workers prior to and following Politico’s recent…


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