In the News (page 3)

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…

UNC Table Stakes participants ‘heroes’ for their COVID-19 coverage

A recent Q&A with PEN America spotlighted the COVID-19 coverage of Scalawag Magazine, a member of Cohort 1 of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. Part of PEN America’s “Local Journalist Heroes” series, the piece highlights the work of…

Covering COVID-19: How one small weekly is coping

Poynter’s Kristen Hare examines how a two-person weekly in Virginia — the Greene County Record — is innovating to cover the COVID-19 pandemic in a piece that cites the U.S. News Deserts research of UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and…

UNC Table Stakes participant providing free at-home content for NC students

UNC-TV, a three-time participant in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Initiative, is providing free, curriculum-informed content for North Carolina students, over-the-air and streamed online. By executive order of the governor, public schools across North Carolina are closed due to COVID-19…

Nieman Lab profiles CISLM ‘Project Oasis’ partnership with Google and LION

Nieman Lab covered the March 18, 2020, announcement of Project Oasis, the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) partnership with the Google News Initiative, LION Publishers and Doug Smith to identify, share and implement the best practices…

Penny Abernathy’s local news research cited in articles about media’s challenges covering COVID-19

As media outlets across the nation work to cover COVID-19, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of local news. Publications across the nation have cited UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy’s groundbreaking local news research…

Penny Abernathy interviewed on supporting local news during COVID-19

This New York Times piece quotes Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy’s U.S. News Deserts research in a piece examining coronavirus’ effect on local news as the pandemic cuts off ads and live events, hitting outlets…