Reese News Lab helps bring fresh ideas to newsrooms and other organizations through a variety of partnership opportunities that range from instructional workshops to contract product development.

Reese News Lab’s work with local journalism organizations is funded through a Knight Foundation grant to UNC’s Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media.

If you’re interested in talking about partnership opportunities, please contact us.


Several of Reese News Lab’s ventures hold periodic workshops for industry partners, both in Carroll Hall at UNC’s School of Media & Journalism as well as around the country and via video conference. If your organization is interested in a presentation or hands-on workshop about the human-centered product development process, driving revenue through audience engagement, creating efficient reporting through computational journalism, or creating immersive storytelling experiences through emerging technology please contact us.

Examples of Past Workshops

Industry Research

Reese News Lab partners with industry professionals as well as students and faculty at UNC to create original, industry-focused research. Have a big question about the future of journalism? Or even a narrow question about immediate tactics? We can help.

Examples of Past Industry Research

Contract Product Development

Our Emerging Technologies Lab, led by associate professor Steven King, works with companies from a variety of industries to build prototypes and production-quality emerging storytelling experiences. For local news organizations, this fee-for-service partnership is available on a limited basis thanks to the generosity of the Knight Foundation’s funding of UNC’s Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media.

Previous clients include:

  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • UNC General Administration
  • UNC First Look Program

Project Consulting

.Reese News Lab offers companies student-led consulting on journalism innovation projects, primarily through our summer media innovations fellows program. Through the Knight Foundation’s funding of UNC’s Center for Innovation & Sustainability in Local Media, five students work in local newsrooms each summer to help organizations on everything from strategy to digital product development.

Past Partners

  • ABC11, Raleigh, N.C.
  • The News Reporter, Whiteville, N.C.
  • Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.