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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.

Our Chatham holds Sept. 11 community conversation

By Beth Hatcher | September 11, 2019

Our Chatham was recently in the news thanks to a community conservation the student-staffed Reese News Lab news venture held on poverty’s effect on education in Chatham County Sept. 11. Both the Chatham News + Record, which co-hosted the event,…

Penny Abernathy named as 2019 Welles Memorial Prize winner for News Deserts research

By Editor | September 4, 2019

The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business at the Columbia Journalism School today awarded Penny Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, the 2019 Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize, for her unparalleled…

CISLM welcomes Cohort 3 of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative

By Beth Hatcher | August 30, 2019

The UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media welcomed 13 media organizations this week for the third cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative. The initiative focuses on audience engagement and creating sustainable revenue streams during…

Our Chatham community conversation set for Sept. 11 in Siler City

By Beth Hatcher | August 27, 2019

Our Chatham, the student-staffed Reese News Lab news service that delivers news to Chatham County, North Carolina, via a website and newsletter, uses audience-driven reporting as one way to reach readers. Events are another. On Sept. 11, Our Chatham will…

King to help find (hidden) stars of science with Morehead Planetarium

By Beth Hatcher | August 27, 2019

Steven King, chief innovation officer for the Reese News Lab, will lend his virtual reality expertise to a five-year $2.86 million grant project recently awarded to Morehead Planetarium & Science Center by the National Science Foundation. The Morehead Planetarium project,…

Better News profiles UNC Table Stakes participant The Daily Tar Heel’s collaboration with Duke University’s The Chronicle

By Beth Hatcher | August 20, 2019

How the UNC-Duke rivalry helped two nonprofit student newspapers collaborate — and make revenue

Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur

By Beth Hatcher | August 7, 2019

Revolutionary new technologies are compelling news organizations to recreate their business models or be left in history’s wake. The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur is packed with practical insights and guidance on all aspects of the business of media. Explore case…

Reese News Lab Adventure Squad app in the news

By Beth Hatcher | July 30, 2019

UNC’s University Communications recently ran a story about UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media Assistant Professor Steven King‘s “Adventure Squad” app, an augmented reality video game that keeps hospitalized pediatric patients mobile and empowered, allowing them to play an interactive…

Newspaper closures increase as sales slow

By Alex Dixon | July 26, 2019

The pace of newspaper closures, mergers and bankruptcies appears to be accelerating as both chains and independent newspaper owners face unrelenting economic challenges, and the largest companies shed underperforming assets. Since publication of the 2018 report, The Expanding News Desert, UNC researchers have uncovered an additional 200 shuttered papers. Almost…

Penny Abernathy’s news deserts research cited in USA Today article

By Beth Hatcher | July 25, 2019

CISLM’s Penny Abernathy’s research is cited in this USA Today article about the decline of local media. Read the full article.  

Table Stakes success stories

By Beth Hatcher | July 24, 2019

As the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) gears up for a third cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, a selection of past participants of the initiative give their thoughts on what the program has…

Reese News Lab initiative brings audience-driven news to Chatham County

By Beth Hatcher | July 22, 2019

How do you know what your audience wants? You ask them. Online, at community meetings or in the middle of a farmers’ market with a clipboard in your hand—that’s where Alexis Allston stood last summer in Chatham County, as she…