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 […]
Meet the 2017 Media Innovation Fellows
Jun 07 2017
The summer of 2017 is well underway here at the Reese News Lab, with our five innovation fellows already busy developing media products that aim to be desirable for local news audiences, and feasible and viable for local news organizations to sustain. The summer media innovation fellowship is just one of several new ways that […]
#ReesePitch: Spring 2017
Apr 25 2017
If you missed the Spring 2017 Pitch Day, here’s our recap of what happened!
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 […]
Using discipline in product development
Feb 01 2017
Thanks to UNC’s Minor in Entrepreneurship, we had a chance to visit last week with Shiva Rajaraman, who has been a leader of product teams at YouTube, Google and Spotify. When I think about Shiva's visit I keep coming back to one word: discipline. Too often, I think we wrongly see discipline as the enemy […]