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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.

Modeling the future in 3D

By Beth Hatcher | March 1, 2019

Assistant Professor Steven King and his team recently took part in an exciting endeavor, creating a 3D model of London’s Hope Gardens, a temporary housing development built from shipping containers, for Quartz’s 2050 Project.   The 2050 Project is an exploration of creative solutions to the…

UNC Media Hub examines N.C. news deserts

By Beth Hatcher | February 27, 2019

UNC Media Hub recently featured Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy’s research in its story “Threat of ‘news deserts’ in North Carolina is changing the media landscape.” The article examines North Carolina’s loss of local newspapers through…

CISLM holds fact-checking workshop

By Beth Hatcher | February 8, 2019

A group of students convened on the third floor of Carroll Hall last week to learn the facts of fact-checking from some of the best in the industry. “Fact-checking is its own unique art form,” said Associate Professor Ryan Thornburg,…

Penny Abernathy appears on PBS NewsHour

By Beth Hatcher | February 8, 2019

Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy was a guest on PBS NewsHour Jan. 31. She joined host Judy Woodruff and fellow guest Steve Cavendish, editor of the Nashville Banner, to talk about the dangers news deserts pose for society. “Some essential information that we need as citizens and…

Penny Abernathy appears on ‘Arizona Horizon’

By Beth Hatcher | January 31, 2019

Penny Abernathy Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penelope Muse Abernathy appeared on the Arizona PBS show “Arizona Horizon” this week, where she talked about her research on U.S. news deserts, speaking with host Ted Simons about the…

UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative cohort meets

By Beth Hatcher | January 25, 2019

Ten media organizations representing the spectrum of the industry took part in a Jan. 22-23 UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative gathering at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, focusing on how to innovate, sustain and succeed in a…

Penny Abernathy appears on ‘Focus Carolina’

By Beth Hatcher | January 17, 2019

Take a listen as Penny Abernathy talks news deserts and how local media can continue to succeed in the 21st century’s changing media landscape in this interview with WCHL’s “Focus Carolina” show. Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media…

New Report Released: The Expanding News Desert

By Craig Anderson | October 15, 2018

Read the preface of the new report by Penny Abernathy, The Expanding News Desert, below and then check out the rest of the report and find out if you live in a news desert at usnewsdeserts.com.   From our very…

Will two of the largest investment newspaper barons merge into one company?

By Alex Dixon | May 14, 2018

Japanese telecommunications conglomerate SoftBank, which last year purchased the $70 billion investment firm that manages the largest newspaper chain in the US—GateHouse—may be considering the addition of another large newspaper chain to its portfolio. Tronc, one of the 10 largest…

News deserts pose challenges for local governments, concerned citizens

By Alex Dixon | May 7, 2018

Closures and mergers of hundreds of newspapers in recent years are leaving city and county communicators across the country without a reliable news platform to reach residents. This is not only creating an information vacuum for residents, but also leaving…

How to restore trust in the media: Abernathy’s testimony to the Knight Commission

By Penelope Muse Abernathy | April 30, 2018

How can we revive and restore trust in the media? University of North Carolina Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penelope Muse Abernathy outlined how to help save local news operations in her testimony to the Knight Commission…

Mimicking start-ups by creating tomorrow’s products

By Madeline Brown | April 27, 2018

UNC School of Media and Journalism students had a taste of working in a start-up accelerator during the semester in Teaching Associate Professor Kate Sheppard‘s “MEJO 463: Creating Tomorrow’s Products.” The entrepreneurial course culminated in “Pitch Day” on April 20…