In the News (page 2)

Poynter profiles new local news report from Knight Chair Penny Abernathy

An article by Tom Stites in Poynter examined findings from the recently released “News Deserts and Ghost Newspapers: Will Local News Survive?” — the fourth in a series of reports by Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny…

Better News profiles UNC Table Stakes participant EducationNC

This Better News piece profiles an innovative town hall-style event hosted by EducationNC, a 2018-19 participant of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The February 2020 EducationNC event allowed high school students in a rural North Carolina county to…

Editor & Publisher features ‘Project Oasis’

This Editor & Publisher piece details Project Oasis, a partnership between the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, Google News Initiative and LION Publishers created to identify, share and implement the best practices that help local digital…

COVID-19’s continuing effect on local news

COVID-19 has shuttered more than 30 local newsrooms across America, says Kristen Hare in this article for Poynter. The pandemic’s far-reaching economic effects continue to exacerbate pre-existing industry conditions creating not only closures but mergers, and the newspapers disappearing —…

Los Angeles Times editorial looks at strategies to save local newspapers

This Los Angeles Times editorial looks at key causes of declining newspaper numbers across the nation: including changing reader habits; the migration of classified advertising to Craigslist and other internet services; the dominance Google and Facebook built over online advertising; and the slowness of legacy…

Loss of local news compounds problems of struggling local governments

In a piece for The Atlantic, Ted C. Fishman examines the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating economic effects on state and local governments, the threat to democracy and how a loss of local news compounds the problem. “The loss of essential services…

Should journalism be part of general education?

Should journalism basics be part of general education? Poynter is examining the public’s increasing role in news coverage as traditional media numbers decline and smartphone technology becomes more ubiquitous. “The increasing power of cellphones coincided with the decreasing presence of…

The prevalence of Southern news deserts

This New York Times opinion piece by Margaret Renkl cites local news research by UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy in a look at the prevalence of news deserts in the American South. Framed around…

French magazine interviews Penny Abernathy on COVID-19’s media effects

The effects of COVID-19 on the media industry are being noticed around the world. Alexis Buisson, New York correspondent of Télérama, the leading French magazine on the media, interviewed Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy for…

UNC Table Stakes participants part of latest round of Facebook grants

Several of our UNC-Knight Foundation Newsroom Initiative Table Stakes participants — past and present — received funding as part of the Facebook Journalism Project’s $16 million in relief funds for local news. The grants include $10.3 million awarded to 144…

Project Oasis mentioned in article about The New York Times’ call for local news support

This Poynter article by Kristen Hare spotlights an online campaign recently launched by The New York Times encouraging people to support their local newsrooms. The campaign, launched ahead of World Press Freedom day, combines the members of several organizations of…

Forbes cites Penny Abernathy in COVID-19 coverage article

This Forbes piece examines a paradox of the coronavirus pandemic: While COVID-19 is one of the biggest stories of a generation, spiking readership and viewership of almost every type of media, advertising dollars — still a main revenue source for…