Tag: UNC

by Abby Reimer

Our idea has gone past an idea, and it’s terrifying. In the past months, we’ve changed our prototype again and again. And now, this week, it seems that we have a prototype that is, well, pretty dang good. We’ve talked to Steve May, who teaches business ethics at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. We also talked […] more »

by Justina Vasquez

In the world of startup companies there exists an infamous graph called the Startup Curve. It shows the typical course that a startup team takes as its members attempt to launch a new product or service. It shows that as the initial high of excitement wears off, the startup begins a swift plummet toward the […] more »

by John Clark

Uncertainty. Some people thrive on it while others others run from it. Our goal in the first two weeks of the Reese News Lab program is to get students to accept it. Associate Director Sara Peach and I spend most of our pre-semester planning time setting up the first week to help students face uncertainty. […] more »

by Ryan Thornburg

This post originally appeared on The Future of News. One of the most important attributes of data driven journalism is that it scales, and the primary goal of my OpenRural, Open N.C. and data dashboard projects has been to democratize data so that we start seeing the same types of reporting and presentation in small […] more »

by Samantha Harrington

It’s been about two years since my first Reese News Lab orientation day. It’s difficult to remember what it was like to walk into the Lab new. But at orientation this week I watched the classic mix of excitement and confusion dance across the new interns’ faces and I realized that being old isn’t quite […] more »

by Zhai Yun Tan

The startup process is a dramatic roller coaster ride. It’s thrilling when you discover new gold mines, but crushing when you realize that your ideas are not that novel. My team had to go through the ride four times. Looking back, the biggest lesson I learned in the past six months is having the courage […] more »

by Rachael Meleney

I think that I can speak for all eight of Reese News Lab’s summer startup interns when I say that we were constantly confronted with truths in the first week of our summer project: the exhilarating/terrifying/sobering truths of being an entrepreneur. Our first week at Reese News Lab was a continuous exercise in brain-expansion as […] more »

by Samantha Harrington

It can be easy to say, “I’m a reporter. I’m just going to interview and write. YOU better figure out how to make sure we have enough money so I always have a job.” But there comes a time when you have to take responsibility for all that. Embrace the math Reese News Lab Associate […] more »

by Corinne Jurney

As if iron-clad doors and barred windows aren’t barrier enough, prison facilities are also wrapped in a thick layer of red tape. I realized this fact as I began the process to gain research access to one of our state’s most vulnerable populations: inmates. I was ecstatic to be assigned to work this semester in […] more »

by Lincoln Pennington

Recently, Reese News Lab students have conducted experiments in living without a smartphone and social media. But because the lab is working on a project on producing media for mobile devices, I thought it was time that someone tried a computer blackout. I’d give up my laptop for a day, navigating the UNC campus with […] more »