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
Graduate students: We're hiring students to join the research team in Fall 2022! Graduate student researchers would be responsible for supporting data collection and research, as well as reviewing research reports.
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.
I’m sharing what worked – and what didn’t – in hopes that these lessons are carried forward to a more reflective, equitable future for journalism.
Hazeldine has joined the CISLM research team, which aims to study the local news ecosystem and provide the journalism industry with data and analysis about news loss and potential solutions for the future.
With an understanding of both fields, Wei is spending his internship writing case studies of local news organizations that are reinventing the news business model.
In her new role as Local News Researcher at UNC’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, Thompson applies her knowledge of data journalism to explore startup news organizations, clean data and brainstorm potential research projects.
Featuring UNC-Knight Intiatitve Table Stakes alumni members Glenn Burkins of QCity Metro (cohort four) and Angie Newsome of Carolina Public Press (cohort two), the podcast highlights how the news industry has changed in the past few years.
Citing the newsroom’s involvement in the UNC-Knight Table Stakes Initiative, Social Justice, Race and Equity Reporter Angela Davis wrote that the Knoxville News Sentinel is making good on its commitment to improving its coverage of Black communities.
North Carolina A&T State University students researched local news reporting in Greensboro and discovered that media outlets often used the institution as a locator for crime in its surrounding region.
The award is an honor given to leaders with significant accomplishments in independent news — and was spurred based on former Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media Director Penny Muse Abernathy’s recommendation of The News Reporter.