Blog Posts

News & Observer’s Managing Editor on adding staff, investing in print

By Erica Perel  This week, Raleigh’s News & Observer announced a new investment in its print product: 14 additional pages in “reimagined” Wednesday and Sunday print editions, powered by a larger newsroom, including six new jobs announced in August. The…

6 Table Stakes terms your news org needs for transformation

By Katelyn Chedraoui At the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, we research and identify local news practices and successes and use our findings to educate news organizations who can commit to transformation. Through our Table Stakes program, we help news organizations identify…

How HBCU Gameday creates an immersive digital experience

By Preston Fore Sports culture at historically Black colleges and universities is big — from the marching bands and screaming fans to the long historic rivalries, but it has often gone under covered in legacy media. Enter HBCU Gameday, a…

How Enlace Latino NC and Southerly partnered to cover the rural Latino community

By Brianna Atkinson The partnership between Enlace Latino NC and Southerly started at the community college in rural Robeson County in early 2020. In that room, the two news organizations hosted a listening session with the Latino community of southeastern…

Q&A with Justin Smith, incoming publisher of The News Reporter

The News Reporter in Whiteville, North Carolina is a legacy newspaper that punches above its weight. After covering the rise of the Klu Klux Klan, the paper won one of the first Pulitzer Prizes for Public Service in 1953. The…

NC family with local news legacy wins Tom and Pat Gish Award

Inside the lobby of the UNC School of Journalism and Media, The News Reporter is a fixture, with a featured display celebrating the small newspaper’s work prominent upon entrance. The Whiteville, North Carolina paper, owned by the Thompson-High family, provided…

Preston Fore tackles growing support for local news

 In a media climate where journalists, academics, civic leaders, students and more are quickly understanding and prioritizing a need for support in local news, rising junior Preston Fore may have a better understanding of the landscape than most college students.…

How Chatham News + Record started reporting in Spanish

By Brianna Atkinson Last year, when the coronavirus pandemic arrived in central North Carolina’s Chatham County, it hit the county’s Hispanic population the hardest. This inspired the team at The Chatham News + Record to create La Voz, a section…

Brianna Atkinson brings passion for local news to CISLM team

As a rising junior, Brianna Atkinson has considered what her dream job may look like. It isn’t a reporting gig at the Washington Post or The New York Times — it’s to become a local news reporter in her home…

A Q&A with UNC doctoral student Andrea Lorenz Nenque on support for local news

By Preston Fore Over the past several months, several bills have been introduced to Congress with the goal of supporting local news. The Rebuild Local News coalition is one example of the collaboration between thousands of newsrooms and journalism organizations who are lobbying for…

Sarah Vassello joins CISLM as program coordinator

Sarah Vassello has always loved local news.  After working at The Daily Tar Heel as a UNC student, she was especially inspired while giving a voice to her community.  Now, after serving in a variety of journalist roles, she is returning to Chapel Hill to join…

Local Journalism Sustainability Act introduced to House of Representatives

By Preston Fore The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, a bill that aims to help preserve local journalism through tax credits to readers, publications, and small businesses, was re-introduced to the House of Representatives this week with bipartisan support. Also known…