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NC Votes launches with goal of informing voters in North Carolina through open data

By Madeline Brown

NC-Votes.org launches this week with the goal of finding ways to make public election data useful to citizens and journalists who want to better understand North Carolina’s dynamic political environment. Ryan Thornburg, associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of…

Podcast: Melody Kramer reveals great potential for open data collaboration in newsrooms

By Madeline Brown

Since August, Reese Innovation Lab Fellow Melody Kramer has interviewed journalists across North Carolina and compiled research for the Carolina Data Desk. Open data is a resource currently underutilized by community newsrooms because it requires time and extra resources — two things…

The Nation takes notice of newspaper ownership, highlights North Carolina success stories

By Madeline Brown

The Nation magazine recently published an article by Julie Reynolds featuring Penelope Muse Abernathy’s research into newspaper ownership. The article also features North Carolina newspaper The Pilot — which just won best community newspaper for the third year in a…

Desirability, feasibility, viability: Students mimic startup accelerator to inspire love of entrepreneurship

By Madeline Brown

  To an outsider, “MEJO 463: Creating Tomorrow’s Products” might appear to be more at home in the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. But to anyone involved in the news and media industry, the course is exactly what juniors and seniors…

Emerging Technologies Lab manager attends ONA 2017, sees growing presence of tech in journalism

By Alexis Barnes

Alexis Barnes graduated in May 2017 from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media with a specialization in multimedia. She now works with the Emerging Technologies Lab. Over four days, twelve UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media students,…

Abernathy sharing business insights with Texas papers

By Madeline Brown

Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism & Digital Economics, will lead a series of workshops at the Texas Center for Community Journalism at Texas Christian University this Friday, October 13, 2017. Abernathy will share insights gleaned from decades of…

Ryan Thornburg on using open data to build tools for community journalism

By Madeline Brown

An industry changing as quickly as the journalism and media industry must develop new ways of doing business in order to survive. Open data may be a very significant piece of that puzzle. Ryan Thornburg, director of the Reese Innovation…

How does newspaper ownership affect coverage of hurricanes?

By Madeline Brown

  Recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Mexico have made this year the worst since 2005 in terms of number of storms and storm strength. In parts of eastern North Carolina, residents are sympathetic to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey…

Media Innovation Fellows use data and technology to improve local media

By Madeline Brown

Over the summer, five recent UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism graduates led projects at local media companies in North Carolina to help them embrace new technologies and respond to changing consumer needs. The Reese Innovation Lab, managed by…

New Video: Symposium on Thwarting the Emergence of News Deserts

By Madeline Brown

Earlier this year, the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media hosted a symposium entitled “Thwarting the Emergence of News Deserts” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The program for the symposium centered around Penelope Muse Abernathy’s groundbreaking report, The Rise of a…

Announcing first Reese Innovation Lab Fellow, Melody Kramer

By Madeline Brown

The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media and Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media welcome Melody Kramer to the Carolina Data Desk team. She is the first Reese Innovation Lab  Fellow helping local media outlets embrace and…

Article (The Washington Post): What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it?

By Madeline Brown

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi published a story investigating East Palo Alto and the hole leftover by a disappearance of local newsrooms, or a “news desert.” When newsrooms shutter, how does a community know about itself and what happens to…