Blog Posts

A Q&A with Nikki Usher on historic news deserts, inequality in journalism

CISLM Intern Halsey Ziglar spoke to Dr. Usher about her research, the effects of news deserts on communities and the future of community news.

Q&A with Scalawag’s Cierra Hinton on the future of funding for journalism nonprofits

CISLM Director Erica Beshears Perel spoke with Cierra Hinton to discuss nonprofit journalism funding, the difference between community and audience and what it means to pursue journalism described as “reparative, just and equitable.”

How Enlace Latino NC grew newsletter subscribers by 390 percent

La Tortilla may be the only newsletter of its kind in North Carolina — an important part of Enlace Latino NC’s mission to deliver powerful journalism to Latinx communities across NC.

How the Florida Times-Union learned it was tracking the wrong social media metrics – and watched engagement soar

By Katelyn Chedraoui Emily Bloch figured social media would be part of her job when she started covering education and youth culture at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. But she did not expect that a massive upgrade to the Times-Union official social media accounts would become central to the legacy…

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…