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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.

Thwarting the Emergence of News Deserts Live Stream

By Craig Anderson

The live stream has concluded.  Watch the discussion on Youtube.   Schedule 11 a.m. Welcome Susan King, dean, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media 11:10-11:30 a.m. A conversation with Penny Muse Abernathy, Knight chair in journalism and digital media…

David Cuillier: The Freedom of Information Act becomes more restricted

By Editor

  Spotlight on Research   Freedom of Information Act: exploring issues, solutions Four Questions with David Cuillier One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of news deserts or…

Andrea Wenzel: News outlets can promote civic engagement via solutions journalism

By Editor

One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of news deserts or changes in media ownership. Can journalism move residents to become engaged in solving problems in their…

Kenneth Dautrich: How do teenagers value the First Amendment?

By Editor

  Spotlight on Research   What do high school students think of the First Amendment? Four Questions with Kenneth Dautrich One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of…

Matthew Powers: News startups emerge amid traditional media disruption

By Editor

One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of news deserts or changes in media ownership. Who fills the void when economic pressures hit local newspapers? Why are…

Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media announces March 28th symposium – “Thwarting the Emergence of News Deserts”

By Craig Anderson

  The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media will present a symposium entitled “Thwarting the Emergence of News Deserts,” on Tuesday, March 28, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The program for this…

JoAnn Sciarrino: Local news outlets face challenges, opportunities in digital advertising

By Editor

  Spotlight on Research   Can small community newspapers successfully launch digital ad agencies? Four Questions with JoAnn Sciarrino One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of…

Left in a fog: Chatham County’s news desert through the eyes of residents

By Hannah Wang

As I wrote in our recap, Reese Innovation Lab interns are working to create sustainable media products for Chatham County this semester in partnership with UNC’s new Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media. To get started, we went on…

Philip Napoli: How healthy is the news ecosystem in your county?

By Editor

  Spotlight on Research   How Healthy is the News Ecosystem in Your Community? Four Questions with Philip Napoli One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of…

Christopher Ali: Who should pay for local public affairs journalism?

By Editor

  Spotlight on Research   Who should pay for local public affairs journalism?  Four Questions with Christopher Ali One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and the profession on the emerging threat of news…

Merja Myllylahti: The future of ‘all-digital’ media ownership models

By Editor

Since 2011, Merja Myllylahti, a former financial journalist, has been tracking media ownership patterns in New Zealand. During that time, ownership has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few barons. What are the implications of this for her…