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UNC welcomes new cohort for UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative

By Madeline Brown | April 23, 2018

  Ten media organizations have been selected to learn how to engage audiences and create sustainable revenue streams as part of the year-long UNC Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative starting on April 30, 2018 and ending in April 2019. The participating organizations…

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A Conversation with Paul Volpe of POLITICO

By Madeline Brown | April 19, 2018

On April 5, the UNC School of Media and Journalism welcomed Paul Volpe to campus to share his experience working as the executive editor at POLITICO and, previously, as a journalist at The Washington Post and The New York Times.…

Newsmaker Insights: What Happens When a Town is Left Without a Newspaper

By Editor | April 16, 2018

Knight Chair Penny Muse Abernathy delivered the 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media last week to an audience of journalists, media executives and concerned Kansas citizens. Afterwards, Abernathy appeared on a panel discussing life in a community after the…

News Deserts: The North Carolina angle in the 2016 election

By Alex Dixon | April 9, 2018

Did declining newspaper circulation give president Donald Trump a boost in the 2016 election? A Politico special report found a clear correlation between low subscription rates at the county level and Trump’s success in the 2016 election, both against Democratic…

What’s Happening in Newspaper Ownership: January-March 2018

By Alex Dixon | March 29, 2018

What’s Happening in Newspaper Ownership: January-March 2018 This is one of a series of quarterly updates about changes in newspaper ownership, based on the research conducted by Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penelope Muse Abernathy and the…

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Tom Nicholls: Is the Digital Content Bubble About to Burst?

By Editor | March 19, 2018

Spotlight on Research Is the Digital Content Bubble About to Burst? Questions with Tom Nicholls One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and in the profession on the emerging threat of news deserts or…

Ryan Thornburg at NICAR: Why we need more data reporters

By Madeline Brown | March 15, 2018

The integrity surrounding elections systems has become a hot topic and as a result, experienced data reporters are increasingly in demand. Ryan Thornburg wants to help build spaces where students, reporters and computer scientists can meet to learn from each…

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Steven King lends insight to augmented reality panel at SXSW

By Madeline Brown | March 14, 2018

Steven King, Chief Innovation Officer of the Reese News Lab and the Emerging Technologies Lab, spent his Spring Break in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) where he spoke about the use of augmented reality (AR) in…

Podcast: Jed Williams of Local Media Association is on an Innovation Mission

By Madeline Brown | February 6, 2018

Jed Williams ’10 (M.A.) lives and breathes the business of local media. On February 6, Williams returned to the UNC School of Media and Journalism leading a group of media executives on an Innovation Mission, networking trips designed to spark…

Is local media ready for Augmented Reality?

By Madeline Brown | January 22, 2018

Emerging technologies like augmented and virtual reality, 360 video and artificial intelligence are sweeping some media companies by storm, but the majority of newsrooms have not yet committed their limited resources of time and money to develop widespread usage. Are…

The state of data in newsrooms: Findings and recommendations

By Editor | January 19, 2018

As part of Melody Kramer’s fellowship last fall, she has written a report detailing information gathered from speaking with journalists and newsrooms across North Carolina about how they use data or would like to use data. You can read a…

Zvi Reich and Yigal Godler: Do journalists still rely on shoe-leather reporting?

By Editor | January 4, 2018

Spotlight on Research The impact of mythology and technology on how journalists gather information Questions with Zvi Reich and Yigal Godler One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and in the profession on the…