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UNC | Read all about it

Picture 19th- and 20th-century kids who sold newspapers on the streets in American cities — referred to in slang as newsies.

Now, picture one as female.

That may not come naturally, but according to doctoral student Autumn Linford’s research, female newsies were not so uncommon, though obscured like many of the contributions women have made to journalism history.

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UNC | Society for News Design International Awards

From visuals illustrating the influence of the late pop star Prince to the history of tattooing, projects created by students from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media won big at the 2022 Society for News Design (SND) International Student Competition, taking home 20 of 54 available awards, including first place wins in the Feature Design, Special Section and Stand Alone Media categories.

This is the 12th year Hussman students have led wins among schools in the competition.

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UNC | Student works with Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Deep into the coronavirus pandemic, Michele Meyer had a moment.

She loved her studies as a doctoral student at UNC Hussman but didn’t see a career catered to her interests — the portrayal of underrepresented groups in media — playing out in academia.

So, she took to Twitter and produced a thread extolling her frustrations at the time and future hopes of finding a place for her work in industry. It went viral.

The tweet eventually racked up over 14,500 likes and over 500 retweets. One of the people who saw it was Meredith Conroy.

Conroy knew a place where Meyer’s work might fit, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media — where Conroy serves as vice president of research and insight.

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UNC | Hearst Journalism Awards

When Brianna Atkinson ’23 decided on doing a story about A.I.’s effects on the maritime industry as her entry in the Hearst Journalism Awards audio championship competition, she knew she needed to find people fishing.

So, she Googled fishing hotspots in San Francisco, where the Hearst competitions were taking place, grabbed an Uber to Fisherman’s Wharf and then talked her way onto a commercial boat — using every bit of tenacity she’s learned as a student at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.


She earned a national third place finish out of hundreds of students who entered the Hearst audio category competitions over the past year.

Atkinson was one of five UNC Hussman students who parlayed their immersive learning experiences at the school into strong finishes in the Hearst individual championship competitions, which took place June 2-7, 2023, in San Francisco.

​Read story here.
Read the first story in this series here.

Carolina Alumni Review | Kenan Scholars


Qiudi Zhang ’12 produces graphic art in Raleigh.


Lauren Schultes ’11 seals deals in her Boston sales job.


Ryan Dickey ’13 studies plastic surgery in Texas; Aaron Robinson ’12 soars the Virginia skies in lightning-fast military planes.


But they have a common tie: They studied music at Carolina as Kenan Music Scholars. And they’ve applied lessons learned in UNC’s music department across their divergent fields.

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UNC | Ferrel Guillory retires


For Ferrel Guillory, journalism was a way in.


Into an education few in his working-class Louisiana family ever received. Into a front row seat for the sweeping societal changes taking place around him. Into a chance to leave an impact on the greater public good.

The professor of the practice, who retires from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media this December, has made that impact in a five-decade career that has spanned roles as a newspaper journalist, policy strategist and educator.

He leaves behind a legacy of award-winning commentary — both in the classroom and on the page — at the intersection of politics, policy and journalism.

Not bad for a Cajun boy born in his grandmother’s house, just beside the Mississippi River.

​Read story here.

Raleigh Magazine | Raleigh at Work


Numbers don’t lie.


Raleigh’s got a lot of them when it comes to the local job market, and they all look pretty good.


#1 Best City for Jobs, Glassdoor, May 2015


#2 City Creating the Most Technology Jobs in 2015, Forbes, April 2015


However, behind each of these statistics is a face, a name, a person—one of the many people pushing this once sleepy state capital into national prominence as a thriving hub of technology, banking and higher education.

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IEI | Thriving Rural Communities


Just a stone’s throw from the Faison Piggly Wiggly, there’s a man on a mission — his name’s Jabe Largen and he’s pastor of the Faison United Methodist Church in Faison, a tiny eastern North Carolina farming town, situated amid miles and miles of flat brown fields.


Besides the Piggly Wiggly (literally just blocks from the church), there’s a handful of chain stores, a pickle processing plant and a small downtown dominated by mom-and-pop Hispanic businesses, reflective of the town’s vast demographic changes over the past several decades.

But one thing’s a constant in town: The importance of the church in the community’s health, especially in the well-being of its children, and especially this time of year.

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Working@Duke | Leading the Fight Against ALS


Name: Dr. Richard Bedlack

Position: Associate professor of neurology and director of Duke’s ALS Clinic.

Years at Duke: 22, since he came to Duke as an intern in 1995.

What he does at Duke: Known for his colorful fashion sense (for this interview he wore a silver-studded black leather jacket) and his work fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Bedlack devotes his Duke days to patients with the disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, rendering sufferers unable to control voluntary muscle movement and eventually taking away the ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe—greatly shortening life spans.

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IEI | Hey Y'all: Celebrating Linguistic Diversity


What’s in a y’all?

More than you might think, especially when it comes to linguistic diversity and the myriad ways we can judge others’ character based on their speech and regional dialects.

It’s a topic Caroline Myrick helped the Institute for Emerging Issues explore March 27 as part of IEI staff training. Myrick’s presentation, entitled “Language Variation: The Forgotten Dimension of Diversity,” explored questions like “What is language diversity?” “Are some dialects better than others?” and “How is language connected to identity?”

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UNC | Penny Abernathy Speaks at UNC Local News Exhibit

A new exhibit celebrating two centuries of North Carolina’s local news publications kicked off at the UNC Wilson Special Projects Library Feb. 27 with a talk by Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics Penny Abernathy, who shared her groundbreaking local news research.

Abernathy studies “news deserts” — communities with limited access to credible and comprehensive news — and the innovative business models targeting them in her research at the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, located within the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

​Read story here.

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UNC | Reese Innovation Lab / Google News Initiative Local News Platform

In the 1970s, when Ju-Don Marshall was 7, her family moved to the South Carolina Low Country from New York.

Marshall had maternal roots in the area, deep in the African-American Gullah culture surrounding Charleston, but to a New York City kid raised on concrete and bustling streets, the silent, humid countryside was a culture shock daily.

Marshall didn’t see many stories about people of color like her in the local newspaper, and even as a kid she found herself wondering: Why?

​Read story here.

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Border Belt Independent | UNCP Hub Builds the Business of Farming

Ellery Locklear started selling watermelons in high school. He got an old tractor running and used an acre of his family’s land to create a business for himself — hawking the summer fruits from the back of his pickup truck.

Since then, Locklear, now 41, has grown his Pembroke farming business to 100 acres and six greenhouses. He still grows watermelons — strawberries provide his biggest profit now — and he produces a variety of other crops like tomatoes and sweet corn with the help of three year-round employees, as well as seasonal workers.

What started as a hobby turned into work. When Locklear wanted to sharpen his business skills, he turned to the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub, a business incubator located at UNC Pembroke that offers a variety of farming techniques and business management programs for agricultural entrepreneurs. 


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IEI | Thriving Rural Communities


This video photo essay accompanied a story about the Institute for Emerging Issues' Thriving Rural Communities program, which helps rural North Carolina faith leaders identify and address pressing issues in their communities.

Working@Duke | Visiting Musician


This video showcases sitarist Viswas Chitnis, one of the visiting musicians sponsored by Duke's Arts & Health program.

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Portfolio | Photographs


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