Emerging Technologies Lab

Reese News Lab Chief Innovation Officer Steven King runs this subsidiary project focused on creating immersive media with augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, drones and robots.

Carolina Data Desk

Led by Reese News Lab Director Ryan Thornburg, the Carolina Data Desk provides tools and services to small newsrooms that do not have their own data reporting resources. Faculty, students and professionals help reporters and editors in North Carolina and beyond use data to lower the cost of accountability and explanatory journalism as well as develop new products. Carolina Data Desk is also home of the N.C. Votes project.


Chatham Gardens

Building on work by Reese News Lab interns in the Spring of 2017, Chatham Gardens will be a demonstration newsroom in Chatham County, N.C., that provides a living demonstration of how human centered design, data and audience engagement can be applied in communities with growing populations but shrinking news coverage.


Capitol Hound

Founded by John Clark and Reese News Lab students in 2013 with funding from the Knight Foundation, Capitol Hound is a searchable audio archive from the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly. It has audio and transcripts from the House and Senate floor, as well as key committee meetings.



Launched in 2014 by Reese News Lab students with funding from UNC alumnus Robin Clark, Kinethics was an anti-bribary platform.


Student Pitches

Each semester, students in MEJO 463: “News Lab: Creating Tomorrow’s News Products” pitch their product ideas to a panel of media innovators and entrepreneurs. We’ve posted most of the past student pitches on our site.