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Laid-off reporter starts own news site, provides critical coverage during 2020 election

Robin Kemp was the only journalist watching Clayton County, Georgia’s tabulation of absentee votes as President-elect Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump during the November election, turning the state blue for the first time in decades. Votes from Clayton County…

LISTEN: Growing audience during a pandemic

Growing a diverse audience during a pandemic is not easy, but it can be done. In this Better News podcast, Cierra Hinton, executive director-publisher of Scalawag, talks about how the nonprofit media organization employed Table Stakes principles and used virtual…

Senators introduce bill proposing commission on local news

In September, three U.S. senators introduced a bill called the Future of Local News Commission Act, citing news deserts research from UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy. Lauren Harris writes about the bill for the Columbia Journalism Review,…

UNC Table Stakes participant uses events (virtual and in-person) to grow membership

Who says you can’t grow membership during a pandemic? Scalawag, a participant of the 2017-18 cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, is using virtual and in-person events to diversify audience and grow membership. Better News profiles how…

Want to build audience? Start with newcomers

Want to build audience? Take an idea from The Pilot, a participant in the 2017-18 UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative — start with newcomers. This Nieman Lab piece outlines how the 100-year-old newspaper based in Southern Pines, North Carolina,…

Whiteville’s The News Reporter adopts UNC Table Stakes’ digital-first mindset for successful transition

This Editor & Publisher piece profiles the digital success of The News Reporter in applying lessons learned from the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The 124-year-old newspaper in Whiteville, NC, took part in the 2018-19 cohort of the initiative.…

Penny Abernathy’s research referenced in piece about recent UNC Hussman lecture

Penny Abernathy’s research on news deserts has influenced the national conversation over the future of journalism, writes Ferrel Guillory in a column for EducationNC, in which he offers commentary on a recent lecture by Martin “Marty” Baron, executive editor at The…

Q&A with Penny Abernathy

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) featured a Q&A with Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, where she covers everything from the impetus behind her U.S. News Deserts…

Better News features UNC Table Stakes participant Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  Better News recently featured the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a project the paper modeled after lessons learned in our UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The newspaper used a “mini-publisher” model to form a group of nearly 15 people from…

WATCH: CBS THIS MORNING features Penny Abernathy

CBS This Morning featured UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy in a segment focused on Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune, which has cut the number of days it prints the newspaper from seven to five weekly, making…

Supporting digital startups

As legacy news models continue to struggle, digital startups appear promising. However, while barriers to publication are few — no printing press or delivery trucks needed —digital startups face challenges as they build brands from scratch. This Medill Local News…

LISTEN: Knight Chair Penny Abernathy featured on Axios podcast

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy recently appeared on the “Axios Today” podcast — featured in a conversation about the future of local news and its vital role in democracy. Abernathy recently published “News Deserts…