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EducationNC grew its audience by 142 percent — and published a playbook so you can, too

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Engagement journalism all comes down to finding the right puzzle pieces: EdNC increased its established audience by 142 percent in 2020 and continued to grow in 2021. Now, the outlet is sharing its insights with the rest of the news industry.

Katelyn Chedraoui connects local news communities online

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As CISLM’s social media expert, a typical day’s work might require Chedraoui to be on Twitter for multiple hours, promoting CISLM’s initiatives, retweeting media-related stories and curating a weekly thread of local news jobs.

NC news-focused centers to partner on NC newsroom diversity audit

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Two NC centers that exist to improve the health of local news organizations and local communities are teaming up to do research that measures and tracks the diversity of staff in the state’s newsrooms. 

Charlotte Observer becomes fourth McClatchy-owned newspaper to unionize in Carolinas

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The Charlotte Observer, the largest newspaper by circulation in North Carolina, unionized in late February, with voluntary recognition from leadership coming in less than a week later.

Kayleigh Carpenter: From DTH City & State desk to CISLM bill trackers

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Kayleigh Carpenter ‘23 never expected to fall in love with news media. After submitting a last-minute application to the newspaper – which Carpenter said she began 30 minutes before the deadline – she was selected for the City & State desk. The rest, she said, was history.

Uma Bhat continues love of local news, from high school editor to CISLM intern

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Uma Bhat’s career in journalism began as a first-year at Green Hope High School, chasing the school’s newspaper adviser down the hall.

Lucas Thomae brings firsthand experience with local news to CISLM

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As Lucas Thomae fell in love with local journalism, he started shadowing different sports reporters from his hometown newspapers.

Jessica Mahone takes the helm for CISLM’s next generation of local news research

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As research director, Mahone will lead efforts to integrate the Center’s research with its educational programs and outreach, as well as collaborate and connect with the broader local news research community.

How the Knoxville News Sentinel’s investigative reporting is building back trust with Black readers

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Bridging the divides between the newsroom and communities cannot be done in only weeks or months. For UNC Table Stakes participant Knoxville News Sentinel, that shift takes many forms.

New Bern Post staff undergoes community freelance training by CISLM

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Members of Peletah Ministries are reviving a community news organization, The New Bern Post. The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media helped in education and training in the foundations of reliable, fact-based journalism.

CISLM welcomes 11 Southeastern news orgs to fifth cohort of UNC Table Stakes program

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This week, 11 local news organizations from across the Southeast will come together to form the fifth cohort of the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Initiative.  

Meet UNC Table Stakes coach Felecia Henderson

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In anticipation of the fifth cohort’s kickoff, the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media talked with each of the new coaches, independent advisors who will help guide the news organizations throughout the process.