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    Posted on Jun 4, 2014

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    8. Post-it notes give ideas flexibility

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    Students Josie Hollingsworth and Hetali Lodaya brainstorm ideas.

    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

    10. Professional journalists will be supportive

    Via Twitter: @mtdukes

    "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.

    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

    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

    17. You need to get comfortable pitching

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

    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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    22. Judging will get intense

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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

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

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