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A Q&A with UNC doctoral student Andrea Lorenz Nenque on support for local news

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“I believe that (local news) is important for democracy, but not necessarily how it’s done now, or how it’s always been done. I think that I’m interested in it because this is a unique time; we have an opportunity to create something better.”

Sarah Vassello joins CISLM as program coordinator

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Sarah Vassello has always loved local news.  After working at The Daily Tar Heel as a UNC student, she was especially inspired while giving a voice to her community.  Now, after serving in a variety of journalist roles, she is returning to Chapel Hill to join…

Local Journalism Sustainability Act introduced to House of Representatives

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, a bill that aims to help preserve local journalism through tax credits to readers, publications, and small businesses, was re-introduced to the House of Representatives this week with bipartisan support.

Two UNC-Knight Table Stakes coaches create Anti-Racist Table Stakes framework

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 “You can’t move “to” if you don’t know where you’re starting “from,” and for most news organizations, their current reality, “from” is participation in community harm, neglect, or both.” — Cierra Hinton and Lizzy Hazeltine, from their Anti-Racist Table Stakes…

Could Congress act to support local news? A flurry of activity creates optimism

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In the last year, federal Coronavirus relief included specific help for legacy publishers, and earlier in May, a new bill to study local news was filed. And new legislation in the form of tax credits could be on the way.

Nonprofit newsrooms turn rivalry into revenue streams

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A recent Better News episode of the It’s all Journalism podcast features Erica Perel, new director of the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (UNC CISLM), in a segment examining a UNC Table Stakes-inspired fundraising challenge Perel…

Serving local news: Erica Beshears Perel named new director of CISLM

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During Erica Beshears Perel’s two decades in the news industry — as a reporter, educator and executive — change has been the constant, as news has become increasingly digital and traditional revenue sources have shifted. The changes motivate Perel, a 1998…

Introducing Project Oasis: New research and strategies for digital news startups

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In partnership with the Google News Initiative, LION Publishers and Douglas K. Smith, the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media (CISLM) has released the results of the most extensive look in a decade at the emerging digital…

UNC Table Stakes participant forms nonprofit journalism center

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News ink flows in Les High’s veins — so does thinking progressively. Local news has been the family business since 1938, when his grandfather purchased The News Reporter, located in southeastern North Carolina. But High, the newspaper’s third-generation leader, knows…

UNC Table Stakes participants detail wins in diversity, audience and revenue

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Increased revenue. Innovative engagement with communities of color. Audience-driven product launches. These were just some of the wins detailed at a recent meeting by the 14 media organizations participating in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative, currently in its…

Covering COVID-19: UNC Table Stakes participants adapt and innovate

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Media organizations across the country have pivoted operations to cover the COVID-19 pandemic, documenting a story unprecedented in recent history that has touched nearly every aspect of human life. Current and past participants in the UNC-Knight Foundation Table Stakes Newsroom…

Carolina Public Press fills gaps left by traditional newsrooms

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When reporter Angie Newsome ’03 (M.A.) left the Asheville Citizen-Times in 2011, there wasn’t a single investigative or political reporter working the western side of the state. “There was a fair amount of frustration that traditional newsrooms would say, ‘No…