Knight Foundation

Rebuilding trust in America: The challenge for journalists

On March 16, 2021, the Knight Foundation and the deans of the top journalism schools participating in the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education will gather industry leaders to discuss the growing debate over the traditional journalistic value of objectivity.

Groundbreaking researcher and former media executive Penny Abernathy leaves legacy of mentorship at UNC Hussman

As Penny Abernathy retires as the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media after 12 years, she says she is most proud of how her experience, knowledge and dogged truth-seeking have come together at Carolina in one serendipitous role – teacher.

Raising the stakes to ensure local news thrives

A new $2.23 million Knight Foundation investment will support the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local News and Table Stakes Newsroom Initiative.

2020 report from UNC Hussman Knight Chair on the state of local journalism

The latest report on the state of local news by Penelope Muse Abernathy, Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at UNC Hussman, was released June 24 by the UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media.

New Carolina research center to address 21st century questions on digital information

Story by University Communications | ​Originally published July 22, 2019, on unc.edu

UNC welcomes new cohort for Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative

Story by UNC Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media Communication Manager Madeline Brown

UNC Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative aims to strengthen local media in the face of disruption

Eight news organizations in North Carolina have been selected to participate in a program launched by the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative in partnership with the UNC Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media.

Two Hussman School professors recognized with 2016 University Teaching Awards

Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Muse Abernathy and Knight Chair in Digital Advertising and Marketing JoAnn Sciarrino have been named recipients of Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media

The Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media will support the transformation of existing news organizations and emerging community news sites through an applied research center that focuses on media sustainability and innovative news and digital product solutions. The Center is supported by a four-year grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The center will work directly with traditional as well as new media to conduct original research on business models to help local media scale for economic success.

Reese News Lab wins Knight News Challenge

The Reese News Lab in the UNC School of Media and Journalism has been awarded $150,000 as part of the Knight News Challenge on Elections for Campaign Hound, a searchable archive and alert service that enables users to monitor political speeches remotely.