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

Keaton Swanzy

Keaton Swanzy

Managing Director

Paige Ladisic

Paige Ladisic

Managing Director of Sales and Strategy

Angie Shen

Angie Shen

Art Director

Jack O'Grady

Jack O'Grady

Storytelling Team Lead

Devin Fussa

Devin Fussa

Campaigns Team Lead

Julian Berger

Julian Berger

Campaigns Team

Anwar Boutayba

Anwar Boutayba

Campaigns Team

Kayla Famolari

Kayla Famolari

Campaigns Team

Anne Claire Foreman

Anne Claire Foreman

Campaigns Team

Samantha Hopper

Samantha Hopper

Campaigns Team

Jake Mory

Jake Mory

Campaigns Team

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen

Campaigns Team

Kat Pritchard

Kat Pritchard

Campaigns Team

Merritt Strodel

Merritt Strodel

Campaigns Team

Nick Valego

Nick Valego

Campaigns Team

Sarah Campbell

Sarah Campbell

Storytelling Team

Catherine Morgan

Catherine Morgan

Storytelling Team

Britney Nguyen

Britney Nguyen

Storytelling Team

Jake Smith

Jake Smith

Storytelling Team

Praveena Soma

Praveena Soma

Storytelling Team

Morgan Topol

Morgan Topol

Storytelling Team

Semanur Karayaka

Semanur Karayaka

Design & Development Team

Stephanie Mayer

Stephanie Mayer

Design & Development Team

Amy Metzinger

Amy Metzinger

Design & Development Team

Katy Rice

Katy Rice

Design & Development Team

Nina Scott

Nina Scott

Design & Development Team

Jadah Smith

Jadah Smith

Design & Development Team

Joan Xia

Joan Xia

Design & Development Team

Maris Ava Cruz

Maris Ava Cruz

Multimedia Team

Kayden Hunt

Kayden Hunt

Multimedia Team

Matilda Marshall

Matilda Marshall

Multimedia Team

Rainey Scarborough

Rainey Scarborough

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