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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.

Want to build audience? Start with newcomers

By Beth Hatcher

Want to build audience? Take an idea from The Pilot, a participant in the 2017-18 UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative — start with newcomers. This Nieman Lab piece outlines how the 100-year-old newspaper based in Southern Pines, North Carolina,…

UNC Table Stakes participants — past and present — win big at 2020 NCPA awards

By Beth Hatcher

Several participants of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative — past and present — were recognized at the recent North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) awards, in categories ranging from website excellence to best headline writing. Many of the media…

The Pilot, The News Reporter and WVPB: UNC Table Stakes success stories

By Beth Hatcher

With the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) now in the fourth cohort of our UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, we take a look back at a selection of past participants, who give us their thoughts…

Whiteville’s The News Reporter adopts UNC Table Stakes’ digital-first mindset for successful transition

By Beth Hatcher

This Editor & Publisher piece profiles the digital success of The News Reporter in applying lessons learned from the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The 124-year-old newspaper in Whiteville, NC, took part in the 2018-19 cohort of the initiative.…

Abernathy part of Tow Center panel discussion on news deserts

By Beth Hatcher

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy joined news researchers from around the country in a Sept. 9 Tow Center for Digital Journalism webinar “Redefining the Local News Crisis: Deconstructing the News Desert.” The webinar, the…

QCity Metro: A UNC Table Stakes tale of success

By Editor

 Those of us who have been in the media industry for years have seen it grow and change in unexpected ways. And, those who pivot successfully amid a shifting landscape often have to demonstrate extraordinary grit and discipline to get…

Penny Abernathy’s research referenced in piece about recent UNC Hussman lecture

By Beth Hatcher

Penny Abernathy’s research on news deserts has influenced the national conversation over the future of journalism, writes Ferrel Guillory in a column for EducationNC, in which he offers commentary on a recent lecture by Martin “Marty” Baron, executive editor at The…

Abernathy part of upcoming Tow Center panel on the local news crisis

By Beth Hatcher

UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy will take part in a virtual panel discussion, “Redefining the Local News Crisis: Deconstructing the News Desert,” sponsored by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism…

Q&A with Penny Abernathy

By Beth Hatcher

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) featured a Q&A with Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, where she covers everything from the impetus behind her U.S. News Deserts…

Better News features UNC Table Stakes participant Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Beth Hatcher

  Better News recently featured the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a project the paper modeled after lessons learned in our UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The newspaper used a “mini-publisher” model to form a group of nearly 15 people from…

UNC Table Stakes participants working with Report for America

By Beth Hatcher

A key Table Stakes essential is partnering to expand capacity and capabilities at a lower and more flexible cost. Several participants of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative are accomplishing this by utilizing resources from the Report for America…

Two UNC Table Stakes participants take part in innovative Charlotte news collaboration

By Beth Hatcher

This can be a scary time to be in local news, as the economic effects of COVID-19 are exacerbating the challenging circumstances that are already stripping newsrooms of employees and resources around the country. However, it’s those very challenges that…