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

By Beth Hatcher | May 3, 2019

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 | May 2, 2019

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 | April 3, 2019

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…

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

By Beth Hatcher | March 21, 2019

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 | 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 Hussman School of Journalism and Media, focusing on how to innovate, sustain and succeed in…

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…