The first joint event sponsored by UNC’s two Knight Centers was held Thursday, Oct. 3 at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
The Center for Information, Technology and Public Life and the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media co-sponsored a talk by Joshua Darr, assistant professor at Louisiana State University on “Closed Newspapers and Polarized Politics: What Can We Do?” in the Freedom Forum at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
The Center for Innovation and Sustainability for Local Media has existed since 2015 and exists to support established and emerging local news organizations through applied research on economic sustainability and entrepreneurship as well as innovative news and digital product solutions.
The Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life formed in 2019 and is dedicated to researching, understanding, and responding to the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other forms of digital information sharing.
Both centers are funded by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a national foundation with strong local roots. The foundation invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The foundation has a goal to foster informed and engaged communities, essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.