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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…

Two UNC-Knight Table Stakes coaches create Anti-Racist Table Stakes framework

 “You can’t move “to” if you don’t know where you’re starting “from,” and for most news organizations, their current reality, “from” is participation in community harm, neglect, or both.” — Cierra Hinton and Lizzy Hazeltine, from their Anti-Racist Table Stakes…

Could Congress act to support local news? A flurry of activity creates optimism

By Andrea Lorenz Nenque There seems to be little groundswell of general public support for the government to help ailing local news outlets or news deserts, despite the important role local news has played in the past year during the…

Serving local news: Erica Beshears Perel named new director of CISLM

During Erica Beshears Perel’s two decades in the news industry — as a reporter, educator and executive — change has been the constant, as news has become increasingly digital and traditional revenue sources have shifted. The changes motivate Perel, a 1998…

Introducing Project Oasis: New research and strategies for digital news startups

In partnership with the Google News Initiative, LION Publishers and Douglas K. Smith, the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) has released the results of the most extensive look in a decade at the emerging digital…

UNC Table Stakes participant forms nonprofit journalism center

News ink flows in Les High’s veins — so does thinking progressively. Local news has been the family business since 1938, when his grandfather purchased The News Reporter, located in southeastern North Carolina. But High, the newspaper’s third-generation leader, knows…