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.

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Labor & Unionization

On its blog, NewsGuild wrote that 2021 was a record year: More workers joined the NewsGuild union in 2021 than in any year stretching back decades. What are these unions fighting for — and how effective are they?

Through a research report and a solutions-style article, CISLM took a look at the rise of unionization across the local news field.

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.”

From the director: Local news jobs should be sustainable, too

By Erica Perel | May 2, 2022
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Our vision is this: To help build a more equitable and sustainable future for local news, the journalists who make it and the communities that need it.

Precarious conditions in local news sparks collective action

By Sarah Vassello | May 2, 2022
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How often are unionized local news journalists seeing wins? CISLM looked at unionization in the local news field from a solutions-style lens to investigate the frequency and type of successes and limitations. (Photo by Scott Yates)