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

Featured Project

NC Diversity Audit

A partnership between CISLM and Elon University’s NC Local News Workshop, the 2022 Diversity Audit for NC Newsrooms is likely the first of its kind in the state.

We're surveying all news outlets regardless of size, location or media platform. The research will be used to guide programming to help newsrooms make progress on diversity, equity and inclusion, and provide benchmarking newsrooms can use.

The front page of an edition of the Nighthalk News magazine with a headline that says "The Drug Crisis."

How high school journalists can be part of a news ecosystem

By Uma Bhat | Jun 9, 2022
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The Nighthawk News produces many hard-hitting stories by student journalists — not just for other students, but for their Outer Banks community.

How local news outlets are using sports wins as revenue wins

By Lucas Thomae | Jun 1, 2022
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For UNC Table Stakes participants and alumni, recent rivalry games and national championships have brought in much-needed revenue to their newsrooms through innovative fundraising and commemorative merchandise sales.

Which states are taking legislative action to support local news?

By Kayleigh Carpenter | May 6, 2022
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While Congress is considering several bills aimed at helping local news, several state legislators have introduced 11 bills that would support local journalism in their states.

CISLM, NC Local News Workshop collaborating on education series focused on ‘Building Better Newsrooms’

By Erica Perel | May 2, 2022
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CISLM has teamed with the NC Local News Workshop to create a series of workshops, conversations and events, titled “Workplace Resilience: Building Better Newsrooms.”