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The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media is proud to host original article series, reports from faculty and researchers, and events promoting collaboration among researchers, journalists and universities. Browse our library of articles, videos, interviews, announcements, upcoming events and more.

Q&A with Scalawag’s Cierra Hinton on the future of funding for journalism nonprofits

By Erica Perel

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

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…

How HBCU Gameday creates an immersive digital experience

By Preston Fore

By Preston Fore Sports culture at historically Black colleges and universities is big — from the marching bands and screaming fans to the long historic rivalries, but it has often gone under covered in legacy media. Enter HBCU Gameday, a…

How Enlace Latino NC and Southerly partnered to cover the rural Latino community

By Sarah Vassello

By Brianna Atkinson The partnership between Enlace Latino NC and Southerly started at the community college in rural Robeson County in early 2020. In that room, the two news organizations hosted a listening session with the Latino community of southeastern…

Q&A with Justin Smith, incoming publisher of The News Reporter

By Sarah Vassello

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

By Sarah Vassello

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…

Preston Fore tackles growing support for local news

By Sarah Vassello

 In a media climate where journalists, academics, civic leaders, students and more are quickly understanding and prioritizing a need for support in local news, rising junior Preston Fore may have a better understanding of the landscape than most college students.…

How Chatham News + Record started reporting in Spanish

By Sarah Vassello

By Brianna Atkinson Last year, when the coronavirus pandemic arrived in central North Carolina’s Chatham County, it hit the county’s Hispanic population the hardest. This inspired the team at The Chatham News + Record to create La Voz, a section…

Brianna Atkinson brings passion for local news to CISLM team

By Sarah Vassello

As a rising junior, Brianna Atkinson has considered what her dream job may look like. It isn’t a reporting gig at the Washington Post or The New York Times — it’s to become a local news reporter in her home…

A Q&A with UNC doctoral student Andrea Lorenz Nenque on support for local news

By Sarah Vassello

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…

Nonprofit newsrooms turn rivalry into revenue streams

By Beth Hatcher

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…

Introducing Project Oasis: New research and strategies for digital news startups

By Editor

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…