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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Featured Project

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!

6 things to know about the Agora Journalism Center

By Reagan Allen | Nov 1, 2023
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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.

Q&A with rural media researcher, Nick Mathews

By Reagan Allen | Oct 24, 2023
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“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.”

‘Tar Heel Bus Tour’ stop spotlights rural news solutions

By Sarah Vassello | Oct 20, 2023
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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.

On the balcony: Leadership lessons with Sarah Nagem

By Honor Knapp | Sep 18, 2023
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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.”

Breaking with Brett Jensen: The dangers facing print media

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.

Local journalism’s burnout crisis is unsustainable

“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.

Navigating burnout as a journalist

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.

CISLM presents research on state of news in NC at NC Local News Summit

Journalists, academics and news professionals traveled to Elon University to report updates on their respective works and share ideas on sustainability in local news.