Innovators


How Newspapers Change Communities, and How Communities Change When They’re Gone

What happens when a town loses its newspaper? Staff writer Nicole McNeill traces the rise and fall of the Chapel Hill News, which served the community surrounding The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for nearly 100 years. The paper and its legendary editor, immortalized in the “Shoe” cartoon above, won numerous awards as the paper diligently covered the Continue Reading

The State of Rural Journalism

  For thousands of rural communities across the U.S., the local newspaper is the prime, if not sole, source of credible and comprehensive news and information. The University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues assists rural journalists and news organizations in producing strong reporting and commentary around national issues, such as the opioid crisis and health care, Continue Reading

A Fourth Generation Journalist Continues the Family Tradition

Margaret High grew up in the newsroom of the Pulitzer Prize-winning News Reporter in Whiteville, North Carolina. She’s the fourth generation in a newspaper family. Her great-grandfather, grandfather and father have all had a hand in leading the paper that has served the 50,000 residents of rural Columbus county in eastern North Carolina since 1896. High, a UNC journalism student, Continue Reading

What quitting taught me about running a local publishing business 

While earning her master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University, Andaiye Taylor discovered that she had a passion for reporting stories about her hometown, Newark, N.J. In 2013, she launched Brick City Live, an online news startup that quickly won awards and community acclaim. The experience took such a toll on its founder that she nearly shut it down. Here is what she discovered and why she is still Continue Reading

How the Nonprofit Civil Beat News Site Found Its Rhythm

Honolulu Civil Beat, a news site focused on public life in Hawaii, came to life in 2010 through the support of a major philanthropist. Both he and the staff of this startup believed it was destined to be a for-profit venture. Civil Beat Editor and General Manager Patti Epler explains how public reaction to the news site changed that view and Continue Reading