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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.

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1. College students WILL wake up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday

Producing our first #JschoolHackathon at UNC with @reesenewslab!

Mark Glaser@mediatwit

Producing our first #JschoolHackathon at UNC with @reesenewslab!

12:04 PM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. But it requires a lot of coffee

Attention #JschoolHackathon-ers! Round one of coffee has arrived in the Freedom Forum!

Reese News Lab@reesenewslab

Attention #JschoolHackathon-ers! Round one of coffee has arrived in the Freedom Forum!

7:34 AM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. Plastic figurines determine team identity

Getting ready to kick off the #jschoolhackathon @UNCJschool I'm a red ninja, obviously.

Nayana Davis@nayana_davis

Getting ready to kick off the #jschoolhackathon @UNCJschool I'm a red ninja, obviously.

8:18 AM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. Rivaling schools will come together

Students from 10 universities are here at the @pbsmediashift @reesenewslab #jschoolhackathon making the future now

Angele@AngeleOutWest

Students from 10 universities are here at the @pbsmediashift @reesenewslab #jschoolhackathon making the future now

8:23 AM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. The startup process is a roller coaster

Where are you in your process? #troughofsorrow #JschoolHackathon

Reese News Lab@reesenewslab

Where are you in your process? #troughofsorrow #JschoolHackathon

11:51 AM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. Play-Doh makes for great prototyping

I think @steven_king w/ Play-Doh lips sums up where we're at. @reesenewslab #JschoolHackathon #redninjas

Samantha Harrington@SamantHarrin

I think @steven_king w/ Play-Doh lips sums up where we're at. @reesenewslab #JschoolHackathon #redninjas

12:07 PM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. Sales skills are valuable in any job

The takeaway from this session? Learn how to sell, kids. #JschoolHackathon

Meredith Clark@meredithclark

The takeaway from this session? Learn how to sell, kids. #JschoolHackathon

7:06 PM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. Strangers become teammates and friends

Successful first day for the team #JschoolHackathon @Zhainatyun @ashirony @asduner

Kelci Christine@kelci_hight

Successful first day for the team #JschoolHackathon @Zhainatyun @ashirony @asduner

9:23 PM - 31 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. Teammates with coding skills come in handy

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

16. Unlike at some hackathons, people will actually sleep

So obvs, we're not tech folks. We went to sleep during #JschoolHackathon.

Meredith Clark@meredithclark

So obvs, we're not tech folks. We went to sleep during #JschoolHackathon.

8:45 AM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

18. The final hours of competition will be fierce

You better watch your back at the #JschoolHackathon #SOSChallenge

Alex Duner@asduner

You better watch your back at the #JschoolHackathon #SOSChallenge

10:10 AM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

19. Excitement will build

Holy crap I'm so excited about our #JschoolHackathon pitches!

John Clark@johnclark

Holy crap I'm so excited about our #JschoolHackathon pitches!

12:05 PM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

20. It's hard to eat lunch when you're nervous

Great stuff from the #jschoolhackathon. Congrats to the stellar student teams!

NU Knight Lab@knightlab

Great stuff from the #jschoolhackathon. Congrats to the stellar student teams!

1:47 PM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. Pitches can make or break you

View this video on YouTube

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23. Someone will win

WE WON #JSCHOOLHACKATHON. @nayana_davis @mattsheehan @SamantHarrin @steven_king @tom_sharkey @UNCJschool

Steven King@steven_king

WE WON #JSCHOOLHACKATHON. @nayana_davis @mattsheehan @SamantHarrin @steven_king @tom_sharkey @UNCJschool

3:04 PM - 01 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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