Looking to launch a News or Civic Media startup? This class can help.

NEW 400/600: Creating the Next News Startup is starting its third semester, and a new class of civic-minded media entrepreneurs is preparing to go out into the world and make a difference by informing communities with unmet needs.

The class still has a few open slots. If you’re a Syracuse University student — regardless of your major — look for NEW 400 (for undergrads) or NEW 600 (for grads) in MySlice. The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:05 p.m. in the Newhouse building. (Have questions? Contact Journalism Innovation Chair Dan Pacheco).

While this course is run out of the S.I. Newhouse school, it’s open to juniors, seniors and grad students from all schools at Syracuse University. We’ll even admit sophomores who can demonstrate prior entrepreneurial experience. Have friends with design or coding skills? Encourage them to sign up and take the course along with you and use the course and build your dream team while getting mentored by Dan Pacheco, the Chair of Journalism and Innovation and an active media entrepreneur.

NEW 400/600 is ideal for students who have an idea for a new informational site, product or service with factual information and civic engagement at its core. You can expect to learn about:

  • Business basics.
  • Market research.
  • Rapid prototyping.
  • Pitching your startup.
  • Writing product requirements.
  • WordPress, Drupal and other common CMS’s.
  • Ad networks and data analytics.
  • Using social media APIs to build a brand.
  • Funding and grants.

You’ll also meet real media entrepreneurs through guest lectures, both online and in person.


Professor Pacheco in the Press

Corazón del Barrio captures the importance of community engagement


  • Newhouse professor Daniel Pacheco and students from his virtual reality class visited La Casita Sept. 8 to film and photograph a group of dancers, led by Luz Encarnación. After a few hours, the students had taped enough footage to create a 3D virtual reality video...

CNN: Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash


  • Dan Pacheco, professor of practice and chair of journalism innovation at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, has experienced the issue firsthand. As an online producer for the Post's website in the late 1990s and later for America Online, some of the work he helped build has disappeared...

How Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is bringing augmented reality to your job


  • “I think we will be seeing two camps: Microsoft and a few startups like Meta2 and Vuzix on the business end, and Magic Leap and Apple (when Apple releases its rumored glasses) on the consumer end,” Dan Pacheco, a professor of journalism and chair in journalism innovation at Syracuse University’s S...

2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube


  • Nonny de la Peña had this to say about Professor Pacheco after her acceptance of an I-3 Mirror Award.

    “Once the [Oculus] Facebook sale happened, $2 billion dollars, you’re not so nuts. But before that happened, a lot of people thought trying to do journalism in virtual reality was crazy...

Students, Faculty to Create Content for HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset


  • Prof. Dan Pacheco has been accepted into the HoloLens developer program and will work with Newhouse students and faculty to create content for the device. - Dan Pacheco


Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic


  • Prof. Pacheco was interviewed by CBS Interactive's TechRepublic about using virtuality for journalism in the story: "Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting." The piece also referenced Pacheco's Virtual Reality Storytelling course and included a link to a 360 video of the SU football team by class member and football player Eric Jackson...



  • Prof. Pacheco co-authored the primer on virtual reality in this report on The State of Virtual Reality in Journalism for Gannett and the Knight Foundation. - Dan Pacheco