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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.

Penny Abernathy to speak at UNC library exhibit celebrating local news

By Beth Hatcher

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy will give a talk celebrating the opening of the exhibition “Papers for the People: A Treasury of North Carolina News Sources” at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library, on Feb.…

UNC Table Stakes participant wins industry innovation award

By Beth Hatcher

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a Cohort 2 member of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, recently won top honors at the Key Executives Mega-Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Democrat-Gazette won the Mega-Innovation Award for an iPad initiative the newspaper refined…

CITAP speaker examines algorithms

By Beth Hatcher

Why does YouTube seem to know just what you want to watch? How can Google fill in your search questions before you even finish them? Where does Facebook find out what ads it thinks you’d like? One world: algorithms. They’re…

Better News profiles UNC Table Stakes participant WFAE’s community podcast competition

By Beth Hatcher

This Better News piece profiles how Charlotte NPR station WFAE, a member of Cohort 1 of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, used a community podcast competition to diversify its audience. The Queen City PodQuest is an opportunity for people…

Four UNC Table Stakes participants part of N.C. News Collaborative

By Beth Hatcher

Kristen Hare of Poynter references the U.S. news deserts research of Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy in this article about the North Carolina News Collaborative (NCNC.) Composed of twenty-two North Carolina newspapers, the collaborative formed…

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Reese Innovation Lab to help build collaborative local news platform for Google News Initiative project

By Beth Hatcher

In the 1970s, when Ju-Don Marshall was 7, her family moved to the South Carolina Low Country from New York. Marshall had maternal roots in the area, deep in the African-American Gullah culture surrounding Charleston, but to a New York…

Dean Susan King on Charlotte Talks: Revitalizing American Journalism

By Beth Hatcher

Susan King, the dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, recently joined Report for America’s president and co-founder Steve Waldman, as well as Report for America journalist Alexandra Watts for a discussion about the future of local…

WATCH: Gear Up app gives a virtual tour of UNC System campuses

By Beth Hatcher

The UNC System collaborated with the team of Steven King, assistant professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and the SeeBoundless company to produce the Gear Up app. The virtual reality app allows students to remotely tour…

Reese Innovation Lab students pitch the news products of tomorrow

By Beth Hatcher

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

The Chatham News + Record and Our Chatham—the Reese Innovation 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

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

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…