News and Posts

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.

Give a Mouse a Cookie: A Milestone Investment Model for Local Media

By Steven King

A unique look at a proven model for publishers and GMs to successfully fund Innovation from within media companies.

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Announcement: Interim Director of Reese Innovation Lab 

By Craig Anderson

Steven King to serve as the interim director of the Reese News Lab, which will continue to focus on creating viable media products, using human-centered design concepts and working with local media partners.

VR Experiments: A little sunburn won’t kill you

By Steven King

Journalist and storytellers at every level, especially local and regional publishers, need to be experimenting, practicing and advancing narrative stories and experiences in Virtual Reality. It is acceptable to make mistakes in an effort to advance storytelling in Virtual Reality.

Media Innovation Workshop

By Craig Anderson

In May, the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media hosted the Media Innovation Workshop. Over the course of two intensive days, 20 select participants from a variety of media organizations gathered in Chapel Hill to learn and practice the fundamentals of human-centered design.

Building a 360 Video live streaming system

By Steven King

The reason we were able to watch Neil Armstrong take “one small step for man” is because of an unknown NASA hero, Stan Lebar, who had one very important job — develop a camera and transmission system that could capture video and audio…

It’s Official, the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media formed!

By Craig Anderson

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will open a new research center to explore new models for community news and support the testing and development of innovative digital media products for local news sites.