Lab Reports

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?”

What you missed at #ReesePitch

Dec 15 2016

On December 2, the Fall 2016 class and intern teams of the Reese News Lab pitched their ideas to a panel of media professionals, startup execs, and other judges. Here’s what happened.

Fact-checking at the J-School Hackathon

Dec 09 2016

Media outlets are now more deeply embedded in our every waking moment than ever before. Our smartphones have made news consumption easier than it’s ever been. And the news we consume on our phones can be transmitted to the eyes of our friends with the split-second tap of a finger. But more news doesn’t equal better news. As […]

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.

Meet our new Interim Director!

Oct 05 2016

We’re excited to have Steven King, a long-time friend of the Lab, with us this fall as the Interim Director of Reese News Lab.

A cooking show for today

Apr 15 2016

A PBS station in Austin, Texas, dreamed up an idea for a show that would air not on television, but on YouTube.