A two-day Design Sprint with The Center for Investigative Reporting and California College of the Arts

Designing the news




TechRaking: Designing the News is a two-day Design Sprint – hosted by The Center for Investigative Reporting and California College of the Art’s Center for Art and Public Life and MBA in Design Strategy – that invites interdisciplinary teams of CCA students to rapidly explore and collaborate on the needs of media organizations of different disciplines.

Each organization will identify specific challenges it faces in increasing human interaction, consumption and access to news. Media partners will include print, broadcast, digital and radio mediums.

The Design Sprint model will be supported by a variety of additional partners who will help students contextualize the needs of media partners and facilitate creative problem-solving. These individuals will support student teams as they research, brainstorm and propose tailored solutions.

Each CCA team will include graduate and undergraduate students from any of the four CCA divisions – design, fine arts, humanities and sciences, and architecture – plus two students from the MBA in Design Strategy.



The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s first independent, multiplatform investigative reporting organization. Devoted to holding powerful interests accountable to the public trust, CIR creatively employs cutting-edge technology and innovative storytelling to reveal injustice, spark change at all levels of society and influence public dialogue on critical issues. CIR produces high-impact reporting across print, video, TV, radio and online platforms and is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, winner of a 2013 Emmy Award and a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 (for local reporting) and 2013 (for public service). Learn more at


Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) offers 22 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design, and writing. The college offers BFA, BA, MFA, MA, MBA, BArch, MArch, MAAD, and MDes degrees. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. CCA students are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary manner, undertaking projects and collaborations with students in other majors and engaging with outside communities.
Noted alumni include the artists Nathan Oliveira, Jules de Balincourt, Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Viola Frey, and Peter Voulkos; the Oscar-winning filmmaker Audrey Marrs; the illustrator Tomie de Paola; the conceptual artists Harrell Fletcher, David Ireland, and Dennis Oppenheim; and the designers Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl, and Gary Hutton. For more information about CCA, visit


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California College of the Arts’ Center for Art and Public Life facilitates collaborations among CCA students, faculty and community partners. We provide multidisciplinary platforms for students to use critical and creative problem-solving to understand and address the needs of local, regional and international communities.


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CCA’s MBA in Design Strategy integrates design and experiential thinking, systems thinking, sustainability and strategic foresight to prepare the next generation of leaders who embrace innovation and collaboration to manage today’s complex and global business environment.

Click  here  for  a recap of  TechRaking 6

Student registration

What is a CCA Design Sprint?

A Design Sprint is a one- to three-day event co-developed by CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life that focuses on resolving a specific issue presented by a community partner and offers funding for a select group to pilot their proposal(s). Participants are broken up into teams and provided access to community members, relevant experts and mentors to guide their brainstorming and proposal processes.

Each team will have up to three students from any CCA discipline or academic year and two DMBA students.

Register here.

Additional details:

Registration is limited to 75 CCA students.

Registration will close Thursday, Oct. 30, or when 75 students have registered, whichever comes first.

Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will be introduced to their teammates on or before Monday, Nov. 3. A pre-event information packet will be available to all confirmed teams at this time.

More information

Not a CCA student but want to learn more about TechRaking: Designing the News? Contact Kristin Belden at

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