Tag Archives: Entrepreneurial journalism

Fellowship season

28 Feb

Eleven years ago, I caught the break of my life: I got a one-year Knight Fellowship at Stanford. (I still find it so shocking that I rarely mention it. Friends say it usually takes at least 18 seconds before I bring it up in conversation.) I’m unabashed about how grateful I am to the program […]

More Knight grants

18 Feb

Publlishing hyperlocal information? Getting some grant money for it now from a local foundation? Or running a local foundation that’s interested in doing more to improve the flow of information, especially as traditional media suffer 1,000 cuts? Here’s a chance to double down – and also gain access to significant training, guidance and knowledge. The Knight […]

Think niche – or why you don’t want to be Sears

17 Feb

I had a quick conversation the other day with someone interested in using my colleagues at GrowthSpur  to help launch his news web site. As usual, I encouraged him to charge ahead – but urged him to pick a niche, not launch a general news web site. This goes against years of training and experience […]

Picking a CMS

21 Jan

I’ve ranted a couple of times already about how journopreneurs need to make smart, inexpensive choices – especially about technology. Over at the GrowthSpur blog, my colleague Dave Chase offers his thoughts (also live at OJR) about picking a good online content management system. Dave speaks from vast experience. He was on the launch team […]

Zenger, Woodstein – and Moore?

18 Jan

A snarky comment on Alan Mutter’s blog set me off the other day. Alan was reacting to Mark Potts’ excellent riff on the coming iSlate (not just a fanboi dream, but potentially a great leap forward). Predictably, some of the commenters were pining for 1994: “This smells a little like Google, which siphoned off $21 […]

Turning your site into a business

14 Jan

The gang at GrowthSpur, of which I proudly call myself a member, is having another of its introductory sessions for hyperlocal and niche site operators. We think journopreneurs – and people who just want to operate great local sites, whether or not they claim the “j” word – are one of the key parts of […]

The 5,000-buck hyperlocal design

9 Jan

It happened again: I heard a tale of a laid-off journalist who spotted an unmet need – a community that was no longer being covered the way it should be. So she decided to launch a neighborhood blog. Terrific! Then came the thud: She’s already hired someone to take care of all the technology and […]

Irony, thy name is “Blogger”

6 Jan

I started reading a new blog today – one launched by a handful of writers to continue the work they were doing at a now-defunct trade magazine. I commend them. They’re gamely carrying on in the face of the implosion of their publication, and they’re doing it without getting paid. But I’m not linking to […]

The essential digital-economics library

4 Jan

My older brother used to joke that when I wanted to learn to play baseball, I read a book. Mike’s style: Pick up the ball and throw it harder than seemed humanly possible. Hey, we all learn differently, right? So when friends – especially newsroom lifers – ask how they can catch up with the digital […]

Yes, the business side matters

1 Jan

  Economist Robert Picard has always been one of the sharpest thinkers about the nexus of economics and media. Today, he nails a topic that has long vexed me (and others): the willingness of journalists to stay in their newsroom cocoons, woefully ignorant of the business workings that for so long provided bountiful resources for […]

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