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College newsroom collaborative uses Table Stakes principles to get students voting

With increased numbers at the polls, young voters were pivotal in the 2020 election. According to numbers from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), 61 percent of people aged 18-29 supported President-elect Joe Biden,…

Project Oasis

The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) is partnering with the Google News Initiative, LION Publishers and Doug Smith to create Project Oasis – a dynamic new endeavor to identify, share and implement the best practices that…

Raising the stakes to ensure local news thrives

A new $2.23 million Knight Foundation investment will support the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local News and Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative By LaSharah S. Bunting and Susan Leath The News Reporter, a newspaper in Whiteville, N.C., with a proud history…

Meet the newest cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) and the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has announced the 14 media organizations participating in its fourth…

UNC Table Stakes participants — past and present — win big at 2020 NCPA awards

Several participants of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative — past and present — were recognized at the recent North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) awards, in categories ranging from website excellence to best headline writing. Many of the media…

The Pilot, The News Reporter and WVPB: Table Stakes success stories

As the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) gears up for a fourth cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, a selection of past participants of the initiative give their thoughts on what the program…

Abernathy takes part in Tow Center panel discussion on news deserts

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy joined news researchers from around the country in a Sept. 9 Tow Center for Digital Journalism webinar “Redefining the Local News Crisis: Deconstructing the News Desert.” The webinar, the…

Carolina Public Press fills gaps left by traditional newsrooms

When reporter Angie Newsome ’03 (M.A.) left the Asheville Citizen-Times in 2011, there wasn’t a single investigative or political reporter working the western side of the state. “There was a fair amount of frustration that traditional newsrooms would say, ‘No…

QCity Metro: A Table Stakes tale of success

 Susan Leath is the director of the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Those of us who have been in the media industry for years have seen it grow and…

Abernathy part of upcoming Tow Center panel on the local news crisis

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy will take part in a virtual panel discussion, “Redefining the Local News Crisis: Deconstructing the News Desert,” sponsored by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism…

UNC Table Stakes participants working with Report for America

A key Table Stakes essential is partnering to expand capacity and capabilities at a lower and more flexible cost. Several participants of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative are accomplishing this by utilizing resources from the Report for America…

Two UNC Table Stakes participants take part in innovative Charlotte news collaboration

This can be a scary time to be in local news, as the economic effects of COVID-19 are exacerbating the challenging circumstances that are already stripping newsrooms of employees and resources around the country. However, it’s those very challenges that…