Our Reporting Team

Humans of Innovation was created as a journalism series project by the students of the Spring 2016 Entrepreneurial Journalism Class at the University of Texas at Austin. The project was continued by the Spring 2017 class. The site focuses on giving a human face to innovators in the Austin tech scene.

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Entrepreneurial Journalism Class of Spring 2017
Entrepreneurial Journalism Class of Spring 2016

The lead photograph of this blog was created by Jenn Lewis. The course is led by Professor Rosental Alves. The website was designed and edited by Danielle Kilgo, teaching assistant for the class. Each student in the class contributed to this site by writing original blogs & creating multimedia elements.

For more information about our site or our course, please contact Professor Rosental Alves (rosental.alves@austin.utexas.edu).


IMG_7533Jake Loessin is a third year Journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and is originally from Houston, Texas. He is interested in sports broadcasting and is an active member of the Texas Iron Spikes and Texas Student Television. He has made several appearances on TSTV’s sports talk show “college crossfire.” He plans to attend law school after receiving his undergraduate degree.

IMG_7532Estelita Hass Carazzai is a journalist in residence at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She works as a reporter at “Folha de S.Paulo”, the Brazilian newspaper with the largest circulation among national dailies. Since 2011, she’s been their correspondent in Curitiba, in southern Brazil, where she had the opportunity to cover Operation Car Wash, a sweeping investigation into corruption in Brazil’s state oil company. In Austin, she’s been researching the Texas Tribune local coverage.

Julia Collado is a Spanish journalism student at the University of Navarra. She is currently expanding her studies at the University of Texas at Austin. During her continued time in Austin, she has worked and learnt how the freelance Journalism field operates on a day-to-day basis. And during her time in Spain, she worked as a reporter, covering events for a Barcelona-area communication agency. Furthermore, with the intention of gaining practical experience, she actively pursued her passion for communication by participating in social media strategy during her time as a Community Manager at two separate boutique fashion stores in Spain.

IMG_7527Itzel Garcia is a third year student of Journalism and Mexican-American studies, hoping to form a career as a transnational journalist focused on documenting Latin America. In the summer and fall of 2016, she will study abroad at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City her most anticipated journey to date.



IMG_7524Alfredo Santos has been a community activist for the past 45 years. He started his career after graduating from University of California at Berkeley with a degree in economics in the early 1970s One of the ways Santos practices his community activism is through the small chain of newspapers he publishes in Texas.




IMG_7519Sarah Talaat is a graduating senior from San Antonio, Texas. She has interned for numerousmedia outlets in Austin during her college career including NPR-affiliate KUT and AustinMonthly. You can find her portfolio at sarahtalaat.com




IMG_7534Jenn Lewis is a first year graduate student on the professional track in the School of Journalism. She is a photographer, English teacher and world traveller. Jenn loves visual journalism and is seeking specialization in documentary journalism. Her motto is “carpe diem!” (she is clearly obsessed with Dead Poets Society).