About 1893 Brand Studio

Our name represents the merging of traditional storytelling values with modern marketing strategies. The first Tar Heel newspaper was published Feb. 23, 1893. Nearly 125 years later, the newspaper is still committed to journalism education, service through community journalism and marketing local businesses and organizations to the community.

1893 combines two qualities the community has long expected from The Daily Tar Heel: Excellent storytelling and the ability to connect businesses and organizations with customers.

Our storytellers come from journalism, content marketing and strategic communication backgrounds. They will determine the best way to communicate your story and solve your marketing problems. Options might include a longform article for your own website, an entertaining social video or photo coverage of your events.

1893 is a student-powered agency, with quality editing and oversight to ensure excellence.

Meet Our Team

Jake Mory

Jake Mory

Managing Director

Paige Ladisic

Paige Ladisic

Managing Director of Sales and Strategy

Jack O'Grady

Jack O'Grady

Marketing Director

Stephanie Mayer

Stephanie Mayer

Art Director

Collin Pruitt

Collin Pruitt

Account Services Director

Anwar Boutayba

Anwar Boutayba

Campaigns Team

Jordyn Burrell

Jordyn Burrell

Campaigns Team

Elizabeth Efird

Elizabeth Efird

Campaigns Team

Charlotte Geier

Charlotte Geier

Campaigns Team

Samantha Hopper

Samantha Hopper

Campaigns Team

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen

Campaigns Team

Kat Pritchard

Kat Pritchard

Campaigns Team

John Ratkowiak

John Ratkowiak

Campaigns Team

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

Storytelling Team

Olivia Foley

Olivia Foley

Storytelling Team

Lauren LaTulippe

Lauren LaTulippe

Storytelling Team

Jake Smith

Jake Smith

Storytelling Team

Anna Southwell

Anna Southwell

Storytelling Team

Morgan Topol

Morgan Topol

Storytelling Team

Maggie Wong

Maggie Wong

Storytelling Team

Anna Allen

Anna Allen

Design & Development Team

Semanur Karayaka

Semanur Karayaka

Design & Development Team

Carson-Elm Picard

Carson-Elm Picard

Design & Development Team

Nina Scott

Nina Scott

Design & Development Team

Jadah Smith

Jadah Smith

Design & Development Team

JoJo Yang

JoJo Yang

Design & Development Team

Maris Ava Cruz

Maris Ava Cruz

Multimedia Team

Grace Beasley

Grace Beasley

Multimedia Team

Lucas Pruitt

Lucas Pruitt

Multimedia Team

Daniela Rodriguez

Daniela Rodriguez

Multimedia Team

“I like working at 1893 because you get real-world experience and get to work with a great community! I love working with local clients and helping them to build their businesses. It has confirmed that I want to do work like this in the future and continue to help businesses tell their stories.”

Kayla Famolari, Campaigns Team

I have developed both my design and leadership skills as a member of the brand studio. It has encouraged me to walk out of my comfort zone and try new things, including art direction, as I had always wanted to.”

Angie Shen, Art Director 

“My favorite part of working at the brand studio is getting to do something I love while also learning with every assignment I do. I’ve always felt confident in my writing skills and storytelling abilities, but the brand studio has exposed me to different situations and challenged me in a way that I enjoy. It pushes me to keep going and growing!”

Sarah Campbell, Storytelling Team

1893 has given me the opportunity to actually apply the things I am learning in my classes. It is incredible to be able to fully work through a creative task and then actually see it go out into the real world.”

Jake Mory, Campaigns Team