A problem statement for journalism
Jun 14 2017
One of the best things about Pitch Day is hearing about the problems that our teams have uncovered in the course of a semester. Some of the products from Pitch Day continue on when the afternoon ends, while others complete their runs. But regardless of the fate of each project, we can take important lessons […]
If you aren’t scared, are you really innovating?
Apr 10 2017
If you hop onto Twitter at any given time, you can find someone writing about media innovation, whether it’s about a new technology (chatbots) or a different business model (micropayments). These are both important changes to the media and journalism industries–but are they actually innovative? Innovative isn’t the same as new. To many of us, the word […]
Not your average media(/startup/marketing/business) internship
Mar 31 2017
Who interns at the Reese News Lab? We don’t hire students because they have the best grades, the most prestigious experiences, or the fanciest resumes.
Life after the Lab: Journalism jobs and other alumni careers
Mar 24 2017
What do our alumni do after graduation? We were excited to discover that our interns are now spread all over the world doing everything from developing news apps in England to teaching English…
Spring break for the student entrepreneur
Mar 08 2017
Spring break is right around the corner, but as you may know, there’s never really 100% free time for those of us in the startup grind. That’s extra true for student entrepreneurs–trying to run a business between classes can feel like trying to outrun a bear. That makes spring break the perfect time to catch […]
Chatbots and Pitches at the J-School Hackathon
Mar 03 2017
After spending the weekend in Reno at the J-School Hackathon, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel that is a semester in the Reese News Lab.
A day in Chatham County: Designing products for news desert residents
Feb 01 2017
As I wrote in our recap, Reese News Lab interns are working to create sustainable media products for Chatham County this semester in partnership with UNC’s new Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media. To get started, we went on a field trip to Chatham County last Friday, led by Paul Cuadros, a professor […]
Week One at Reese News Lab
Jan 22 2017
Snow and ice delayed the start of the semester at Reese News Lab, but we managed to kick off orientation on Friday the 13th. It could have been a bad omen, but I think we’re off to a pretty good start. Our semester kicked off with our new executive director, Ryan Thornburg, and some words of […]
Lessons from a Reese News Lab startup
Jan 19 2017
One question we often hear from visitors at the Reese News Lab is: “What happens to the projects after the end of the semester?”
Lessons from Campaign Hound
Nov 15 2016
What we’ve learned from eleven months of Campaign Hound and why we’re moving on to new things.