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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…

UNC Table Stakes participants detail wins in diversity, audience and revenue

Increased revenue. Innovative engagement with communities of color. Audience-driven product launches. These were just some of the wins detailed at a recent meeting by the 14 media organizations participating in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, currently in its…

Covering COVID-19: UNC Table Stakes participants adapt and innovate

Media organizations across the country have pivoted operations to cover the COVID-19 pandemic, documenting a story unprecedented in recent history that has touched nearly every aspect of human life. Current and past participants in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom…

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…

College newsroom collaborative used Table Stakes principles to get students to the polls

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…

UNC announces newest cohort for 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, announced the 14 media organizations participating in its fourth cohort…

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: UNC Table Stakes success stories

With the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) now in the fourth cohort of our UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, we take a look back at a selection of past participants, who give us their thoughts…