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Los Angeles Times editorial looks at strategies to save local newspapers

By Beth Hatcher

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…

Digital technologies and the future of journalism

By Editor

We are at the beginning of another revolutionary era in communication. Digital products like streaming videos and e-books seemed like remote possibilities in the 1990s, but consumer habits have shifted dramatically as technology advanced. While successful entrepreneurs can’t always predict…

Penny Abernathy speaks at launch of UNC library local news exhibit

By Beth Hatcher

A new exhibit celebrating two centuries of North Carolina’s local news publications kicked off at the UNC Wilson Special Projects Library Feb. 27 with a talk by Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy, who shared her…

UNC Table Stakes participants — past and present — win big at 2020 NCPA awards

By Beth Hatcher

Several participants of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative — past and present — were recognized at the recent North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) awards, in categories ranging from website excellence to best headline writing. Many of the media…

Loss of local news compounds problems of struggling local governments

By Beth Hatcher

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…

Transforming a local news organization: Lessons in leadership

By Editor

The United States has lost more than 2,100 newspapers over the past 15 years. The vast majority of those papers were weeklies serving small and mid-sized communities. In order to survive, publishers must lead the way in transforming both the…

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

By Beth Hatcher

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…

A publisher’s story: We need to diversify

By Editor

With newspaper print advertising at historic lows, publishers of local newspapers, regardless of size, have to move quickly and decisively to seek new sources of revenue and income to support their journalism. The Pilot, a twice-weekly paper in the Sandhills…

Case study: News Corp

By Editor

News Corp is looking to its Australian markets and digital real estate to help drive growth. While the digital real estate division accounts for about 45% of News Corp’s total value, according to Forbes’ estimates, it only accounts for about 14%…

UNC Table Stakes participants part of latest round of Facebook grants

By Beth Hatcher

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

By Beth Hatcher

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…

Case study: Sesame Street

By Beth Hatcher

Sesame Street looks nothing like its humble beginnings. More than 4,000 episodes after its 1969 start, Sesame Street’s home is premium cable, not public broadcasting. Throughout its history, Sesame Street has leaned toward being adaptable. While its partnership with HBO…