Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial journalism

A lesson re-learned

26 Apr

I last taught my media entrepreneurship class at American University two years ago. That group’s ideas were, in a word, transitional. Many revolved around how they could take familiar media ideas and adapt them to a digital age: let’s capture listings for my traditional newspaper in a different way. Let’s build a tool to allow […]

Required reading: The birth of Red Eye

4 Nov

From the inestimable Owen Youngman, the sort who always says his mood has never been better in spite of whatever crisis is breaking. Here he outlines the birth of Red Eye, the youth-focused commuter paper of The Chicago Tribune, and a classic example of disruptive and lean product innovation at work.

The great job you might not think of

29 Oct

Two must-read blog posts from erstwhile colleagues prodded me into finishing this entry, which I started far too long ago. It’s for all those friends of mine – unemployed, underemployed, or just feeling dead-ended in their traditional newsroom gig. There’s a  type of job out there you might be good at. It has a title […]

What 18 students taught us

8 Mar

My friend and former colleague Bill Day and I just finished a great six-week course in entrepreneurial journalism for 18 graduate students in American University’s Interactive Journalism master’s program. We set out to be intentionally provocative, because Bill and I have seen too many great ideas for projects and products turn into smoldering wreckage because […]

Been silent lately …

17 Sep

… while I started a new gig. I’m now serving as a senior director and publisher for a news and public affairs project at PBS.org. My time working with both GrowthSpur and Localist.com has been a blast. But the chance to work with Christine Montgomery and the crew at PBS was too much to pass […]

ONA parachute training in Birmingham

5 Jun

My friends at the Online News Association put together a terrific program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham for entrepreneurial journalists and others interested in starting news and information sites. (Thanks to the Gannett Foundation for the necessary financial support.)  I spoke a bit about emerging business models to support these kinds of sites (and – plug […]

No magic bullets – so try a hail of them

12 May

I’ve been preparing a presentation to the terrific News Entrepreneur Boot Camp at the Knight Digital Media Center next week. I’m part of a panel of folks who have transitioned from the newsroom to business-side roles. As part of the prep work, I’ve re-read a hefty stack of posts about emerging revenue models for news – […]

Defense loses this ballgame

27 Apr

Most of what I hate about the newspaper industry was encapsulated in a single session at the American Society of News (not Newspapers! Really!) Editors meeting in D.C. a few days ago. An otherwise smart agenda took the inevitable detour down the rabbit hole with yet another discussion of pay walls. Walter Hussman, publisher of […]

Free tools for journopreneurs

26 Mar

Over at the GrowthSpur blog, Mark Potts and I have posted about a bunch of free tools we like that are highly useful for entrepreneurial journalists. (Oh – and that jokey lead about hardware stores? Not a joke. I’m so bad that the Fabulous Sue Corbett (trademark pending) jabbed me in a one-act play about Noah’s […]

If Moore’s Law befuddles, watch the tourney

18 Mar

OK, I know that I rant about Moore’s Law continually. It’s the key driver of the digital age. It’s why things that seem incomprehensible get invented, and it’s why things that flopped spectacularly just a few years ago are common and successful today. But many people – traditional journalists especially – struggle to get Moore’s […]

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