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Alden acquisition threat includes more than 20 news ecosystems in NC, VA

The news ecosystem in more than 20 North Carolina and Virginia cities would shift under a proposal by Alden Capital to acquire Lee Enterprises. 

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.”

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Nonprofit newsrooms turn rivalry into revenue streams

A recent Better News episode of the It’s all Journalism podcast features Erica Perel, new director of the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (UNC CISLM), in a segment examining a UNC Table Stakes-inspired fundraising challenge Perel…

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…