Over 1300 colleges and universities are located in or near counties defined as news deserts by Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. What is the relationship of news deserts to college campuses? Explore our new maps to learn more about how universities can support local news.
CCN research found that 2,000 student reporters in university-led programs published more than 10,000 stories in local news outlets last year.
Professor Hilary Gamble launched her university’s community news program in the fall of 2023. Determined to start something at the 5,000 student public university in Montgomery, Gamble started a pilot program, paying an editor to ensure the student's work matched the quality of the local newspapers.
Claflin University launched their first community news program last fall with the help of a Center for Community News grant. Student journalists learn from Claflin courses in journalism and publish their work in a professional news outlet and help sustain Orangeburg’s historic paper.
The State University System of New York launched the first ever system-wide local news program this spring to inform rural communities and provide rich learning experiences for students. The new Institute for Local News at SUNY will support and encourage more university-led local reporting programs across the system’s 64 campuses and 350,000 students.