J-School Hackathon at UNC: Coverage, Video, Photos and More

    by Angela Washeck
    June 6, 2014
    Charles Duncan from the Raleigh Public Record spoke at the Hackathon about how journalists can provide greater transparency in local government planning decisions and actions. Photo by Sara Peach.

    The Journalism School Hackathon Logo_03212014that the Reese News Lab and PBS MediaShift hosted last weekend brought together journalism students from all over the country to tackle challenges of the media industry. We’ve rounded up a great collection of photos, video, coverage and a fantastic Storify from Reese News Lab. Did we miss anything? Please add it in the comments, and we’ll update the post.


    Associate Director of the Reese News Lab at UNC Sara Peach shot some photos at the J-School Hackathon. Here’s a gallery of them posted on Flickr:



    Check out all the Hackathon pitches on video:

    Time codes for each pitch:


    WRAL.com — How might we increase awareness of outside influence on local elections?
    00:01:40 WRAL – Advocate
    00:09:04 WRAL – Amplify
    00:16:00 WRAL – Cash Flow

    McClatchy — How might we use high school sports to create tighter bonds within a community?
    00:23:24 McClatchy – Overtime
    00:30:30 McClatchy – Support Our Sports
    00:37:56 McClatchy – Community Engagement Cup

    Raleigh Public Record — How can we provide greater transparency into local government planning decisions and actions?
    00:45:41 Raleigh Public Record – Voxity
    00:54:30 Raleigh Public Record – Block Party
    01:02:20 Raleigh Public Record – Cone Story

    01:10:03 Results


    Finding Friends Among the Competition at the J-School Hackathon (MediaShift)

    Finding Gold: Inside a J-School Hackathon (MediaShift)

    J-School Hackathon at UNC Emphasizes Collaboration, Entrepreneurial Spirit (MediaShift)

    Hacking At Media’s Most Pressing Problems (ExitEvent)

    UF attends first Journalism School Hackathon at UNC (University of Florida)

    24 Lessons From A Weekend Of Saving Journalism (BuzzFeed)

    10 universities tackle media problems at first annual Journalism School Hackathon (Reese News Lab)


    Here’s a curated collection by Meghan Horton of Reese News Lab.


    Angela Washeck is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a journalism minor. Angela also writes for MediaBistro’s 10,000 Words blog and TexasMonthly.com, and she once interned with the TV news magazine “Dan Rather Reports.” Her work has been republished on Editor & Publisher, the American Press Institute and more. When Angela is not busy with PBS MediaShift work, you can find her watching “How I Met Your Mother” reruns, watching Aggie football and attending indie/folk concerts in Dallas. Follow her @angelawasheck.

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