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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.

Reese News Lab Adventure Squad app in the news

By Beth Hatcher

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

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

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

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

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…

Welcome our 2019 Media Innovation Fellows

By Beth Hatcher

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media would like to welcome Reese News Lab’s Media Innovation Fellows for summer 2019. The fellows will work on projects ranging from augmented and virtual reality…

Table Stakes: EdNC’s award-winning N.C. community college coverage inspired by UNC Table Stakes initiative

By Beth Hatcher

For Education NC, taking part in the second cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative proved a fruitful path, pivoting the four-year-old digital organization’s thinking about audience engagement and leading to an award-winning, week-long road trip to all of North Carolina’s 58…

Steven King wins UNC’s C. Felix Harvey Award for pediatric patient AR video game

By Beth Hatcher

UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media Assistant Professor Steven King has been awarded the University’s prestigious C. Felix Harvey award for his work on “Adventure Squad,” an augmented reality video game that keeps hospitalized pediatric patients mobile and empowered, all while turning them…

CISLM staff members add talents to Quartz’s 2050 Project

By Beth Hatcher

Steven King, assistant professor with the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, based in the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, developed 3D modeling of a well-known Raleigh building for Quartz’s 2050 Project. King, who teaches interactive and multimedia…

Table Stakes: UNC Table Stakes partner leads news collaboration investigating N.C. sexual assault conviction rates

By Beth Hatcher

As the #MeToo movement amplifies dialogue about the prevalence and impunity of sexual assault throughout the nation, Carolina Public Press has led a collaborative effort among 10 other news organizations to start a crucial part of the conversation here in North Carolina.…

Modeling the future in 3D

By Beth Hatcher

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

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…