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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.

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 Hussman School of Journalism and Media 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…

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 Hussman School of Journalism and Media 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…

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 Hussman School of Journalism and Media leading a group of media executives on an Innovation Mission, networking trips designed to…