24 Lessons From A Weekend Of Saving Journalism

Saving journalism one pitch at a time. Students and faculty from journalism schools across the nation gathered at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication to solve media challenges for the first annual Journalism School Hackathon. Local news organizations proposed problems, and teams spent 36 hours brainstorming and researching solutions. The event was hosted by the Reese News Lab and PBS Media Shift.

5. Human-centered design is critical

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Robyn Tomlin of Thunderdome emphasized listening to users.

6. Brainstorming gets you to a good idea

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A hackathon team works in the UNC J-school Innovation Lab.

8. Post-it notes give ideas flexibility

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Students Josie Hollingsworth and Hetali Lodaya brainstorm ideas.

10. Professional journalists will be supportive

“When I think about students at #JschoolHackathon giving up a beautiful Saturday to make cool stuff for journalists,” Tyler Dukes, WRAL.

11. New technology brings out the kid in everyone

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Dan Pacheco of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University brought his Oculus Rift headset to the hackathon.

12. Venture capitalism makes for great dinner conversation

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Jimmy Goodmon of Capitol Broadcasting Company and David Jones of Bull City Venture Partners talk about investing in startups.

15. Teammates with coding skills come in handy

“Love that my team has built a data scraper with Python at #jschoolhackathon.” -Steve Johnson, University of Florida

17. You need to get comfortable pitching

Sean Branagan, Director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University, teaches students how to get comfortable on stage.

21. Pitches can make or break you

22. Judging will get intense

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24. And the most important lesson of all: The future of journalism is bright

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