Projects

2013-2014

EmployEd

Organizations in the media industry face a common problem: finding reliable and inexpensive freelance help. Through EmployEd, media organizations and other companies who depend on their web presence can connect to university students for their graphic design, web development, photography and video needs.

The Forum

The Forum is a subscription-based publication designed to connect inmates to each other and to their families. The Forum provides important news stories, guiding questions, vocabulary definitions, inmate-submitted work, news from home, and puzzles.

Greetings From

The world is getting smaller, but many of today’s students still lack global awareness. Greetings From is an international, kid-centric postcard service that, unlike traditional news sources, is written by children from around the world. The content is collected by NGOs and delivered digitally to subscribers both in and out of the classroom.

Newsperks

Newsperks is an alternative business model for media companies. It changes the way that advertisers pay for ad space and gives users a new reason to subscribe. This model serves as a solution to meager online advertising rates.

Synapse Magazine

Synapse Magazine is a student-run magazine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, investigated in the UNC J-school’s fall course, News Lab. The magazine was founded to fill the void of thoughtful enterprise and investigative journalism in our community. It is currently available for download for iPad and Kindle.


2012-2013

Capitol Hound

Capitol Hound is a searchable audio index and alert system for N.C. General Assembly sessions and committee meetings. Using audio indexing software, Capitol Hound makes hours of audio from the General Assembly searchable by keyword, in the same fashion as any search engine.

NewsLing

NewsLing offers the Spanish-speaking community a better understanding of local news. We provide a mobile platform and human translators to news broadcasters so that they can make Spanish-language audio translations of news broadcasts available.

News On The Go

Published by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill, this pioneering e-book offers tips for journalists on adapting their work to the new generation of mobile news consumers. The e-book is based on lessons learned from producing a mobile-optimized news site, WhichWayNC.

STEMwire

STEMwire created conversation about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education that called the audience to action and involved the user in digitally reported stories.

WhichWayNC

WhichWayNC was a mobile-optimized news site about political issues important to North Carolina residents. The mobile site explored North Carolina’s political culture, which has been in constant flux. More than covering horse-race politics, the project delved into how the state’s changing policies and practices were playing out in the community.


Pre-2012

reesenews.org

reesenews.org was a hyperlocal news site that offered breaking news, sports coverage and features about Chapel Hill and the University. At reesenews.org, visitors found articles, photos, mini-documentaries and graphics from student staffers, as well as content produced as part of the School of Journalism curriculum. The site pushed the boundaries of journalism by harnessing the tools available only online, such as interactive graphics and social media.