Fueled by lots of coffee, bagels, granola bars and pizza, close to 80 students spent 24 hours straight planning advertising and public relations campaigns for small Chapel Hill businesses, non-profits and start-ups this weekend in a competition known as Crash Campaign.
The idea was formed by UNC graduates Joanna Sanfilippo and Matt Hurley four years ago. Each November, different teams of four to five students camp out in the School of Media and Journalism and try to create campaigns for a real-world client. The next day the groups present before judges to pitch their campaign, and the winners receive $500. After the competition, students have a chance to network with the judges who are professionals in the fields of advertising and PR.
Crash Campaign is open to all undergraduate students both in the journalism school and out.
While many participants get involved to apply their journalism school education, some simply want to have a new experience or check off another 24-hour event from their UNC bucket list.
Senior Rachel Horowitz serves as the current president of the Crash Campaign competition. She has been involved with Crash Campaign all four years at UNC, from participating on a team her first-year to now running the event.