More than 60 researchers from industry, academia, nonprofit and government came together to share their studies about new business models, public policy initiatives and civic initiatives to help the local news ecosystem.
Local journalism that investigates the nitty gritty parts of a community are important, Yaede said — one of the reasons why Yaede has joined CISLM as an intern this semester.
“I wanted to keep my journalistic roots and see what is happening in the field these days,” Williams said. “Journalism is in a very interesting place now in terms of sustainability, especially at the local level.”
In a partnership between the Fayetteville Observer and the Cumberland County School System, the Future Black History Makers were chosen to celebrate ‘some outstanding young people who are already doing great things in life.’
Ojebuoboh, who grew up in the eastern NC city of Jacksonville, pursued an internship at CISLM as a way to combine his interests in business and journalism while working to improve conditions for journalists and their readerships across the state.
A key thing we measured in this report is the gap between a news outlet’s “reach,” or, a community’s access to a news outlet, and that news outlet’s reporting.
“So, in a sense, what we can learn from (this research) is that if we don’t take care of journalists and their conditions and their vocation, then what happens to that profession?”
“Journalism’s alive. It is not dying. Perhaps it’s changing…the way that we practice it is changing. But maybe it needed to change for a long time.”
“We also need an evidence base to support interventions from a media policy perspective, or a funding perspective, be that at a federal or local level, or through philanthropic organizations, or indeed, to encourage individuals to give.”
It’s difficult to balance limited resources with sustaining a print product and an expanding digital landscape. The news isn’t all bad, Perel points out. New digital mediums mean new ways for diverse voices to infiltrate the industry.
Internal and external factors can speed or slow the journey, and sometimes, the bus – the engine of change – breaks down.
Jessica Mahone, current CISLM research director and former Pew Research Center research associate, co-authored a study referenced in the paper.