The Center for Innovation and Sustainability 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.

We will do this by:

  • Creating and nurturing a community of practice with shared language and goals of a better news ecosystem
  • Use research, programming & outreach to understand and define sustainability across news outlets, audiences and geographies
  • Collaborate within UNC and with external partners to leverage resources, expand outcomes and lift up the best ideas

The Center is funded by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and UNC’s Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost.

Impact

Staff

Graduate Student Researchers

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Clay Williams, MA '24

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Katie Furl

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Madi Kirk

Interns

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Twumasi Duah-Mensah '25

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Susie Webb

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Halsey Ziglar '23