In the News (page 5)

How do “news deserts” affect communities?

In this interview, Penny Abernathy tells television station WBTV Charlotte how the growing expanses of the U.S.—often rural, often poor—without newspapers risk the compromise of the very basics of democracy and civic engagement. “We’re missing out on the vital information…

UNC Media Hub examines N.C. news deserts

UNC Media Hub recently featured Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy’s research in its story “Threat of ‘news deserts’ in North Carolina is changing the media landscape.” The article examines North Carolina’s loss of local newspapers through…

Article (The Washington Post): What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it?

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi published a story investigating East Palo Alto and the hole leftover by a disappearance of local newsrooms, or a “news desert.” When newsrooms shutter, how does a community know about itself and what happens to…

Podcast: What is the future of the Hampshire Gazette?

Penelope Muse Abernathy spoke with Oliver Broudy on his podcast Let’s Be Reasonable about the reasons behind the downsizing of community newspapers, and in this case, the Hampshire Gazette. While journalism has received a boost in popularity and support since…

Article (Poynter): In North Carolina, these 2 women are bringing journalists closer to the public

Melody Kramer (update: now a Reese News Lab Fellow!) wrote for Poynter about News Voices: North Carolina, a new initiative supported by The Democracy Fund with the goal of stronger collaboration and trust between journalists and the communities they cover. She…