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Ryan Thornburg at NICAR: Why we need more data reporters

By Madeline Brown

The integrity surrounding elections systems has become a hot topic and as a result, experienced data reporters are increasingly in demand. Ryan Thornburg wants to help build spaces where students, reporters and computer scientists can meet to learn from each…

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Steven King lends insight to augmented reality panel at SXSW

By Madeline Brown

Steven King, Chief Innovation Officer of the Reese News Lab and the Emerging Technologies Lab, spent his Spring Break in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) where he spoke about the use of augmented reality (AR) in…

Podcast: Jed Williams of Local Media Association is on an Innovation Mission

By Madeline Brown

Jed Williams ’10 (M.A.) lives and breathes the business of local media. On February 6, Williams returned to the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media leading a group of media executives on an Innovation Mission, networking trips designed to…

Is local media ready for Augmented Reality?

By Madeline Brown

Emerging technologies like augmented and virtual reality, 360 video and artificial intelligence are sweeping some media companies by storm, but the majority of newsrooms have not yet committed their limited resources of time and money to develop widespread usage. Are…

The state of data in newsrooms: Findings and recommendations

By Editor

As part of Melody Kramer’s fellowship last fall, she has written a report detailing information gathered from speaking with journalists and newsrooms across North Carolina about how they use data or would like to use data. You can read a…

Zvi Reich and Yigal Godler: Do journalists still rely on shoe-leather reporting?

By Editor

Spotlight on Research The impact of mythology and technology on how journalists gather information Questions with Zvi Reich and Yigal Godler One of a regular series of articles that highlights research in the academy and in the profession on the…

Does a newspaper’s owner affect its coverage of local elections?

By Editor

Now that the dust has settled from last month’s elections, let’s consider how newspaper ownership shapes election coverage. Last year, Knight Chair Penelope Muse Abernathy and her research team looked at five newspapers in eastern North Carolina to measure how…

Pitch Day 2017 at UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Student innovation showcased on Pitch Day

By Madeline Brown

A couple months ago, we ran a story about a course in entrepreneurship and innovation taught in the Reese Innovation Lab here at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The course, “MEJO 463: Creating Tomorrow’s Products,” concluded last week when…

Reese Innovation Lab plays matchmaker for journalists and students

By Madeline Brown

When Ryan Thornburg was approached by WUNC’s Fletcher Fellow Liz Schlemmer for help on interactive graphics, he knew exactly how to help. Schlemmer was working on a story about teacher retention rates in North Carolina and wanted help using data…

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Podcast: Matthew Weber’s 21st century newsroom

By Madeline Brown

Over the last decade, there have been significant shifts in how news is packaged, how news is consumed and how news is paid for or sold. But, how have hiring practices of newsrooms changed — if at all — in…

Family-owned Adams Publishing rises in ranks alongside large, corporate investors owning newspapers

By Madeline Brown

For the past decade, the number of family-owned newspapers has drastically dropped as the business of owning print media becomes less profitable. The vast majority of newspapers are bought by large investment entities with millions, sometimes billions, of dollars in…

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NC Votes launches with goal of informing voters in North Carolina through open data

By Madeline Brown launches this week with the goal of finding ways to make public election data useful to citizens and journalists who want to better understand North Carolina’s dynamic political environment. Ryan Thornburg, associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of…