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North Carolina newspaper fights threat of “news deserts”

"North Carolina newspaper fights threat of 'news deserts'" by Madison Forsey for Media Hub, Feb. 18, 2019 "The newspaper has historically been best suited to provide the individualized information that you may need in that community," Abernathy said. But with all the doom and gloom, Abernathy said one local paper is doing what it takes to evolve in the 21st century: Continue Reading

Threat of “news deserts” in North Carolina is changing the media landscape

"Threat of "news deserts" in North Carolina is changing the media landscape" by Mary Glen Hatcher for Media Hub, Feb. 18, 2019 “According to “The Expanding News Desert,” the situation in Whiteville is mirrored in roughly two-thirds of the counties in the U.S. that house the country’s remaining independent newspapers. These publications serve some of the most vulnerable members of society Continue Reading

A hedge fund’s ‘mercenary’ strategy: Buy newspapers, slash jobs, sell the buildings

"A hedge fund's 'mercenary' strategy: Buy newspapers, slash jobs, sell the buildings" by Jonathan O'Connell and Emma Brown for The Washington Post, Feb. 11, 2019 "At the dozen Digital First publications represented by the NewsGuild, the number of union jobs has declined nearly 70 percent, from 1,552 in 2012 to 487 in 2018. University of North Carolina researchers found, based on 12 Continue Reading

No news is bad news

"No news is bad news" by Andrea Guzmán for The Texas Observer, Feb. 11, 2019 "'People just don’t interact and pay attention as much without a paper. And not that everybody bought a paper, but at least it was there,' said Kim Silhan, the mayor of Morton. Morton is among more than 1,300 communities across the country considered a news desert, Continue Reading

Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization

"Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization" by David Bauder for AP, Jan. 30, 2019 "Among the other findings is less voter participation among news-deprived citizens in “off-year” elections where local offices are decided, Abernathy said. Another study suggested a link to increased government spending in communities where “watchdog” journalists have disappeared, she said."

In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles

"In era of news deserts, no easy fix for local news struggles" by David Bauder for AP, Jan. 16, 2019 “We are really at a tipping point now,” Abernathy said. “Can we revitalize the news industry?”

The violence of the market

"The violence of the market" by Victor Pickard for Journalism, 2019 "But the most glaring manifestation of the market’s destruction of journalism is the sheer loss of jobs: the newspaper industry has been reduced by more than 50% since 2001 according to the U.S. bureau of labor statistics. Creating vast ‘news deserts’(Abernathy, 2016), newspaper closures, bankruptcies, and extreme downsizing are accelerated by ‘vulture Continue Reading

150 years of the Chattanooga Times Free Press spelled out in headlines

"150 years of the Chattanooga Times Free Press spelled out in headlines" by Davis Lundy for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Jan. 13, 2019 "The people who owned newspapers in Chattanooga understood that journalism is not just a way to make money, but a calling," Abernathy said. "It is a mission-driven enterprise where the primary mission is to produce the news and Continue Reading

The outlook for journalists

"The outlook for journalists" by Karen Egolf for Crain's NewsPro, January 2019 Abernathy says legacy media that want to succeed need to set up a five-year plan and focus on the individual needs of their communities while also investing in their employees, or “human capital.” “That means there’s not going to be one business model that works for all news organizations or Continue Reading

As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?

"As the ecosystem of news changes, will journalists adapt fast enough?" by Kenton Bird for High Country News, Dec. 24, 2018 "UNC’s Abernathy is encouraged by the digital startups providing local news, with more than 500 identified in her team’s report. Still, she notes that 90 percent of those are in metropolitan areas, where there are multiple news outlets to choose Continue Reading

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