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An open letter from the Knight Chairs in Journalism

By Editor

In recent weeks, the latest killings of African-Americans by law enforcement have not only anguished our country but locked its attention on police brutality directed at communities of color. As Americans have tried to come to terms with our history…

WATCH: Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur

By Editor

  Revolutionary new technologies are compelling news organizations to recreate their business models or be left in history’s wake. New business models are beginning to emerge as leaders explore ways to tap into the potential unleashed by this interactive, always-on…

COVID-19’s continuing effect on local news

By Beth Hatcher

COVID-19 has shuttered more than 30 local newsrooms across America, says Kristen Hare in this article for Poynter. The pandemic’s far-reaching economic effects continue to exacerbate pre-existing industry conditions creating not only closures but mergers, and the newspapers disappearing —…

Los Angeles Times editorial looks at strategies to save local newspapers

By Beth Hatcher

This Los Angeles Times editorial looks at key causes of declining newspaper numbers across the nation: including changing reader habits; the migration of classified advertising to Craigslist and other internet services; the dominance Google and Facebook built over online advertising; and the slowness of legacy…

Covering COVID-19: UNC Table Stakes participants adapt and innovate

By Beth Hatcher

Media organizations across the country have pivoted operations to cover the COVID-19 pandemic, documenting a story unprecedented in recent history that has touched nearly every aspect of human life. Current and past participants in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom…

Digital technologies and the future of journalism

By Editor

We are at the beginning of another revolutionary era in communication. Digital products like streaming videos and e-books seemed like remote possibilities in the 1990s, but consumer habits have shifted dramatically as technology advanced. While successful entrepreneurs can’t always predict…

Penny Abernathy speaks at launch of UNC library local news exhibit

By Beth Hatcher

A new exhibit celebrating two centuries of North Carolina’s local news publications kicked off at the UNC Wilson Special Projects Library Feb. 27 with a talk by Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy, who shared her…

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…

Loss of local news compounds problems of struggling local governments

By Beth Hatcher

In a piece for The Atlantic, Ted C. Fishman examines the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating economic effects on state and local governments, the threat to democracy and how a loss of local news compounds the problem. “The loss of essential services…

Should journalism be part of general education?

By Beth Hatcher

Should journalism basics be part of general education? Poynter is examining the public’s increasing role in news coverage as traditional media numbers decline and smartphone technology becomes more ubiquitous. “The increasing power of cellphones coincided with the decreasing presence of…

Transforming a local news organization: Lessons in leadership

By Editor

The United States has lost more than 2,100 newspapers over the past 15 years. The vast majority of those papers were weeklies serving small and mid-sized communities. In order to survive, publishers must lead the way in transforming both the…

French magazine interviews Penny Abernathy on COVID-19’s media effects

By Beth Hatcher

The effects of COVID-19 on the media industry are being noticed around the world. Alexis Buisson, New York correspondent of Télérama, the leading French magazine on the media, interviewed Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy for…