Lab Reports

#ReesePitch: Spring 2017

Apr 25 2017

If you missed the Spring 2017 Pitch Day, here’s our recap of what happened!

"If it is truly innovative, it challenges the status quo."

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 […]

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 […]

Kinethics team: Hrisanthi Kroi, Abby Reimer, Hannah Wang and Pooja Kodavanti.

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?”