Tag Archives: Niche sites

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 […]

Another drip in the newspaper brain drain

29 Sep

The National Journal is making a major effort to revamp its websites, and it just made a brilliant hire, my old friend and colleague David Beard. The Journal’s gain, of course, is someone’s loss – the Boston Globe‘s. Sadly, this is another example of the continuing brain drain of smart digital leaders from traditional newspaper […]

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 […]

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 […]


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