Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment

Left, The Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment logo; Right, students sit in the Belo Center for New Media working on their laptops
About the Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment
Who we are & why we innovate
Students working around a table.

Meet the Fall 2021 Capstone Teams

Check out the Innovation Class Projects
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Data conference goes virtual

8 students talk NICAR 2021 takeaways
Ashley Miznazi and Kenny Jones work on their podcast at a patio table.

Meet the spring 2021 capstone

Check out what our students are creating

The Drag Audio Production House

Something amazing and unique is happening on the University of Texas campus. Students and recent alums are reinventing what it means to create the most popular podcasts. The next big audio story won’t be coming from a national podcasting powerhouse. It will come from The Drag.

The Drag is an audio production house built by students and recent Moody College alums. We love audio storytelling, and we especially love long-form journalistic podcasts that guide listeners through a complex story. And we want to help the media world figure this out, so we partner with media organizations to help them tell fascinating stories. The next generation of podcasters will come from the Moody College. Where did we get our name? Guadalupe Street, famously called The Drag, runs alongside our home on campus.

Through the production house, our partnerships and our classes, we are able to give our students free reign to investigate stories and the realm of audio. It's been incredible to see our students take charge of these audio projects, and we cannot wait for you to listen to them. 

Our first podcast, “The Orange Tree,” covers the 2005 murder of 21-year-old Jennifer Cave. The 7-episode podcast is reported and hosted by Tinu Thomas and Haley Butler, who started working on the story when they were journalism students who lived and went to classes just a few blocks from the crime scene. Since the show aired summer 2020, it has gained more than one million listeners. Listen to “The Orange Tree” today on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

More Innovation

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Journalism in the Big Easy

Students share their ONA19 experiences.

The Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment's Tiny Texas Podcast Logo / iPod with Texas flag on the screen connected to earphones

The Year of the Podcast

Our blog for 2019's podcasting endeavors

Capstone Class Demo Day / NewSmack team presents their product

Capstone class demo day

Students present their innovative products

2018 PressBot team poses after presenting to The Dallas Morning News

Student perspective

Liliana Terry reflects on working with PressBot

Our team of students at NICAR in Newport Beach, California

Longhorns at NICAR

Combining data and journalism in California

PressBot sends score from sample game between Argyle and Waco La Vega / 4th Quarter Argyle-14 and Waco La Vega-31 / John Richards rush for 17 yards to AY 0, First down

Meet pressbot

The bot that updates you on your favorite DFW teams

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Behind the Scenes

How a team of students create an app

Bestselling sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Malka Older, scifiinterfaces.com editor Chris Noessel, and AI Now researcher Rashida Richardson are talking about how fictions about AI has influenced the development of AI technology and policy in real world

Innovation fellow perspective

SXSW and eye-opening panels on AI

Ucliq, an Instagram vertical for Univision

Working with Univision

Our students innovate social media in Miami

hackathon team presents their product to the judges

Moody Hacks 2018

Over 300 students created election tools

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Apps Demo Day Gallery

Student teams present self-made apps

KUTx live music map

Building a music map

Students get creative for KUTx in capstone course

Poderosa Media, a website created by a UT Austin student

A site for Latina news

How student Cat Cardenas built a site on her own

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Young & Confused grows up

A podcast on 'adulting' finds its independence