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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.

Reese News Lab students pitch the news products of tomorrow

By Beth Hatcher | December 9, 2019

A body positivity website. An enhanced set of platforms for a working-mom podcast. A networking site for freelancers. A food money-saving app for young adults. What do all these things have in common? They’re products pitched by students from the…

New Our Chatham/ Chatham News + Record podcast will focus on adolescent mental health

By Beth Hatcher | November 20, 2019

The Chatham News + Record and Our Chatham—the Reese News Lab student-staffed news initiative—have joined forces on a podcast venture called The Chatcast, which will explore newsworthy Chatham County topics over a season of episodes. The first season, “The Age…

PODCAST: Penny Abernathy talks sustainability in local news

By Beth Hatcher | November 19, 2019

Michael O’Connell of the It’s All Journalism podcast caught up with Penny Abernathy on Nov. 19 for an interview after the UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics’s moderation of a panel on the future of local news…

Penny Abernathy talks about the decline of local news on new Gallup podcast

By Beth Hatcher | November 5, 2019

LISTEN to this “Out of the Echo Chamber” podcast in which UNC Hussman Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Economics Penny Abernathy explores the decline of local news with host Jonathan T. Rothwell. Abernathy’s chat with Rothwell comes on the…

A look at the goals and challenges of Table Stakes participants at UNC

By Beth Hatcher | October 23, 2019

As the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media gears up for the second meeting of the third cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Newsroom Initiative in October, participating media organizations share what challenges they face and hope to conquer during…

Our Chatham to take part in event on hunger with Carolina Public Press Oct. 25

By Beth Hatcher | October 16, 2019

Our Chatham, the student-staffed Reese News Lab news service that delivers news to Chatham County, North Carolina, via a website and newsletter, uses audience-driven reporting as one way to reach readers. Events are another. On Oct. 25, 2019, Our Chatham…

First joint event sponsored by two UNC Knight Centers

By Beth Hatcher | October 7, 2019

The first joint event sponsored by UNC’s two Knight Centers was held Thursday, Oct. 3 at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The Center for Information, Technology and Public Life and the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in…

UNC journalism school gets new name after largest gift ever

By Editor | October 7, 2019

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media has been housed in the school since 2015. Formerly the UNC School of Media and Journalism, the institution underwent a name change after the largest gift ever in its history since…

County residents find community-building value in Our Chatham event

By Beth Hatcher | September 20, 2019

When Karen Howard’s family moved back to their native Bahamas during her childhood, her parents made a point of reading the local newspaper with their children. Now, as an adult, Howard knows that strong local news sources will help Chatham…

Emerging Technologies Lab part of team behind Time magazine AR app documenting loss of Amazon Rain Forest

By Beth Hatcher | September 13, 2019

The Emerging Technologies Lab at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media recently lent their talents to a Time Magazine app that lets viewers see inside the heart of the Amazon Rain forest, which is vanishing at a rapid…

King unveils robotic journalist at ONA conference in New Orleans

By Beth Hatcher | September 12, 2019

Technology is changing every aspect of 21st-century journalism, including who (or what) can be called a journalist.  This week, Associate Professor Steven King  unveiled RoboJ, an experimental robot journalist he developed, at the Online News Association‘s annual conference being held in New…

Our Chatham holds Sept. 11 community conversation

By Beth Hatcher | September 11, 2019

Our Chatham was recently in the news thanks to a community conservation the student-staffed Reese News Lab news venture held on poverty’s effect on education in Chatham County Sept. 11. Both the Chatham News + Record, which co-hosted the event,…