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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.

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 School of Journalism and Media 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 UNC School of Journalism and Media since 2015. Formerly the UNC School of Media and Journalism, the institution underwent a name change after the largest gift…

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,…

Penny Abernathy named as 2019 Welles Memorial Prize winner for News Deserts research

By Editor | September 4, 2019

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business at the Columbia Journalism School today awarded Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, the 2019 Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize, for her unparalleled…

CISLM welcomes Cohort 3 of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative

By Beth Hatcher | August 30, 2019

The UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media welcomed 13 media organizations this week for the third cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The initiative focuses on audience engagement and creating sustainable revenue streams during…

Our Chatham community conversation set for Sept. 11 in Siler City

By Beth Hatcher | August 27, 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 Sept. 11, Our Chatham will…

King to help find (hidden) stars of science with Morehead Planetarium

By Beth Hatcher | August 27, 2019

Steven King, chief innovation officer for the Reese News Lab, will lend his virtual reality expertise to a 5-year $2.86 million grant project recently awarded to Morehead Planetarium & Science Center by the National Science Foundation. The Morehead Planetarium project,…

Better News profiles UNC Table Stakes participant The Daily Tar Heel’s collaboration with Duke University’s The Chronicle

By Beth Hatcher | August 20, 2019

How the UNC-Duke rivalry helped two nonprofit student newspapers collaborate — and make revenue

Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur

By Beth Hatcher | August 7, 2019

Revolutionary new technologies are compelling news organizations to recreate their business models or be left in history’s wake. The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur is packed with practical insights and guidance on all aspects of the business of media. Explore case…