The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media exists to support established and emerging local news organizations through applied research on economic sustainability and entrepreneurship as well as innovative news and digital product solutions.

Reinventing Local News

Featured Project

The Local News Congressional Bill Tracker

Years of declining revenues and expanding news deserts — made more acute by the COVID-19 pandemic — has sparked new interest in ways the federal government could support local news organizations. Here, you can read about the bills and track their progress through Congress.

Alden acquisition threat includes more than 20 news ecosystems in NC, VA

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The news ecosystem in more than 20 North Carolina and Virginia cities would shift under a proposal by Alden Capital to acquire Lee Enterprises. 

A Q&A with Nikki Usher on historic news deserts, inequality in journalism

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CISLM Intern Halsey Ziglar spoke to Dr. Usher about her research, the effects of news deserts on communities and the future of community news.

Q&A with Scalawag’s Cierra Hinton on the future of funding for journalism nonprofits

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CISLM Director Erica Beshears Perel spoke with Cierra Hinton to discuss nonprofit journalism funding, the difference between community and audience and what it means to pursue journalism described as “reparative, just and equitable.”

How Enlace Latino NC grew newsletter subscribers by 390 percent

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La Tortilla may be the only newsletter of its kind in North Carolina — an important part of Enlace Latino NC’s mission to deliver powerful journalism to Latinx communities across NC.