About


The Expanding News Desert and the website, http://www.usnewsdeserts.com, was produced by Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Author

Penelope Muse Abernathy, formerly an executive with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics. She is the author of Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability (UNC Press: 2014) and co-author of The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur (Wiley Blackwell: 2018).

About the Center

UNC’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media supports existing and start-up news organizations through its dissemination of applied research and the development of digital tools and solutions. The Center supports the economic and business research of UNC’s Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics. It also supports faculty and students associated with the Reese News Lab, which designs, tests and adapts digital tools for use in small and mid-sized newsrooms. The Center is funded by grants from the Knight Foundation and UNC.

Researchers

Erinn Whitaker, Senior Researcher and Writer
Alex Dixon, Research Assistant
Jill Fontaine, Research Specialist
Nicole McNeill, Research Specialist

Student Researchers include:
Kriste Patrow (PhD ’19), Chris Gentilviso (MA ’19), Natasha Townsend (BA ’19),
Harris Wheless (BA ’19), Ian McDaniel (BA ’19),
Paige Moose (BA ’20), Kristen Marino (BA ’18), Vaughn Stewart (PhD ’17),
Tatiana Quiroga (MA ’17), Lindsey Carbonell (BA ’17)

Other Significant Contributors

Craig Anderson, Project Director, Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media
Carol Zarker, Communications Project Manager
Leonardo Castanedo, Data Visualization Specialist
George W. "Bill" Cloud, Associate Professor of Journalism (Ret.)
Michael McElroy, Adjunct Professor
Michele Kisthardt, Hudson Integrated Marketing, Communications Advisor

UNC School of Media and Journalism:

Susan R. King, Dean
Louise Spieler, Senior Associate Dean