UNC Media Hub
UNC Media Hub is a highly selective capstone course at the Hussman School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students across all disciplines — reporting, photography, broadcast and documentary video, and public relations — work in collaborative teams to produce multimedia long-form pieces of statewide interested. The work is pitched to publications across the state, giving students the opportunity to publish their work regionally.
I joined UNC Media the fall semester of my senior year of college. Over a 16-week period, I produced four stories: a look into the growing popularity of free food pantries, a feature on North Carolina residents choosing to live full-time in a converted school bus, a conservation story on the work biologists are doing to save an endangered turtle species, and an investigation into a deadly intersection in Wake Forest.
My story on the Wake Forest intersection was entered into the 2019-2020 Hearst Journalism Awards Competition for Enterprise Reporting. Of the 133 entries from 73 colleges and universities across the county, my story placed in the competition’s top 10.
The following semester, I was one of two undergraduate journalism students at UNC to be awarded the Eugene L. Roberts prize to pursue an independent reporting project of my choosing. Unfortunately, my original project was derailed when the university closed due to the spread of Covid-19. Instead, I decided to cover the global pandemic through a local angle. I wrote two pieces, one on the sudden evacuation of Peace Corps volunteers, and one on the challenges facing families with loved ones in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.