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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.

CISLM holds fact-checking workshop

By Beth Hatcher

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

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

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

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

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

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…

How the nonprofit civil beat news site found its rhythm

By Alex Dixon

Honolulu Civil Beat, a news site focused on public life in Hawaii, came to life in 2010 through the support of a major philanthropist. Both he and the staff of this startup believed it was destined to be a for-profit venture.…

Will two of the largest investment newspaper barons merge into one company?

By Alex Dixon

Japanese telecommunications conglomerate SoftBank, which last year purchased the $70 billion investment firm that manages the largest newspaper chain in the US—GateHouse—may be considering the addition of another large newspaper chain to its portfolio. Tronc, one of the 10 largest…

News deserts pose challenges for local governments, concerned citizens

By Alex Dixon

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…

UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative: Taking applications for third cohort

By Beth Hatcher

The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media is pleased to announce the third round of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative and is soliciting applications for participation. Our first and second cohorts of the…

How to restore trust in the media: Abernathy’s testimony to the Knight Commission

By Penelope Muse Abernathy

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

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…