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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and MacArthur Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones, poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

UNC and Nikole Hannah-Jones reach settlement over last year's tenure controversy

On Friday, the University reached an agreement with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to resolve legal matters related to her application for a tenured position in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The settlement required three key provisions for UNC: an inclusive search process, mental health counseling and reserved funds in the provost's office, according to a statement by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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'This is '1984'': UNC inquiry on Hussman emails has broader scope than previously known

Recently released records show that the scope of the University's inquiry into the emails of journalism school faculty and staff may have been larger than previously thought. Journalism school associate professor Ryan Thornburg calculated that the inquiry might have targeted up to 22 people — and the records show that UNC officials requested access to emails and hard-drive backups. “It indicates that this was not just a performance for donors," Thornburg said. “It indicates that there was some real effort that was put into going deeper after the surface was scratched. Somebody said, ‘That’s not enough.’”

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Breaking down UNC's ongoing dean searches

UNC is actively conducting dean searches for the Adams School of Dentistry, Hussman School of Journalism and Media and Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dean searches for the College of Arts & Sciences and UNC School of Nursing will begin soon. 

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Dean Susan King smiles for a portrait in Chapel Hill on Saturday August 21, 2021.

Susan King reflects on 10 years as dean of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media

With the announcement of Dean Susan King's departure from her position of leadership, students and faculty remember her impact on the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Under King, the school has expanded to one of UNC’s largest majors and exceeded its $75 million dollar fundraising goal under the Campaign for Carolina. King was vocal in her support of hiring Nikole Hannah-Jones with tenure, especially after the Board of Trustees initially failed to offer it with the position. 

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Susan King, the dean of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, is photographed outside of Carroll Hall on August 16, 2017, in Chapel Hill. King is also a John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor. Photo courtesy of Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill.

Op-ed: Dean King's impact on "J-school kids"

"Thank you, Dean King. My entire experience as a journalism student at UNC was what it was because of you. It is a gift of the community that is evergreen. Your legacy will allow more and more young journalists, especially young women journalists, to shine."

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