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

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen

Account Services Team

Anwar Boutayba

Anwar Boutayba

Account Services Team

Theo Pinson Ladisic-James

Theo Pinson Ladisic-James

Security

Samantha Hopper

Samantha Hopper

Campaigns Team Lead

Elizabeth Efird

Elizabeth Efird

Campaigns Team

Charlotte Geier

Charlotte Geier

Campaigns Team

Lindsay Callihan

Lindsay Callihan

Campaigns Team

Harrison Pumphrey

Harrison Pumphrey

Campaigns Team

Ashley Sipe

Ashley Sipe

Campaigns Team

Jordan Barish

Jordan Barish

Campaigns Team

Lilly Behbehani

Lilly Behbehani

Campaigns Team

Olivia Rojas

Olivia Rojas

Campaigns Team

Kat Pritchard

Kat Pritchard

Campaigns Team

Chase Taylor

Chase Taylor

Campaigns Team

Haley Watkins

Haley Watkins

Campaigns Team

Jake Smith

Jake Smith

Storytelling Team Lead

Mikyla Williams

Mikyla Williams

Storytelling Team

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

Storytelling Team

Morgan Topol

Morgan Topol

Storytelling Team

Angela Feng

Angela Feng

Storytelling Team

Maggie Wong

Maggie Wong

Storytelling Team

Kennedy Rushing

Kennedy Rushing

Storytelling Team

Sarah Malone

Sarah Malone

Storytelling Team

Lauren LaTulippe

Lauren LaTulippe

Storytelling Team

Anna Southwell

Anna Southwell

Storytelling Team

Jadah Smith

Jadah Smith

Design & Development Team Lead

Kiara Garcia

Kiara Garcia

Design & Development Team

JoJo Yang

JoJo Yang

Design & Development Team

Yichen Yu

Yichen Yu

Design & Development Team

Semanur Karayaka

Semanur Karayaka

Design & Development Team

Nina Scott

Nina Scott

Design & Development Team

Sophia Alem

Sophia Alem

Design & Development Team

Nia Freeman

Nia Freeman

Design & Development Team

Gabriella Allen

Gabriella Allen

Design & Development Team

Riley Bergamasco

Riley Bergamasco

Design & Development Team

Ryan Combs

Ryan Combs

Design & Development Team

Yuqi Hu

Yuqi Hu

Design & Development Team

Mary Bowen Barringer

Mary Bowen Barringer

Design & Development Team

Carson-Elm Picard

Carson-Elm Picard

Design & Development Team

Maris Ava Cruz

Maris Ava Cruz

Multimedia Team Lead

Georgia Muller

Georgia Muller

Multimedia Team

Lucas Pruitt

Lucas Pruitt

Multimedia Team

Kayden Hunt

Kayden Hunt

Multimedia Team

Emma Lindquist

Emma Lindquist

Multimedia Team

Richard Adkins

Richard Adkins

Multimedia Team

Lior Gordon

Lior Gordon

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