Tag Archives: startups

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 […]

The kids are alright

4 Oct

Some of them, anyway. Over the past month or so, I’ve been plowing through an extensive stack of resumes to fill some openings on my new team at PBS. Many of the resumes were sort of sad – those of journalists with impeccable traditional credentials, and no clue what I meant when I asked for […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]


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