Tag: startups

by Nicole Zhu

For the last four months, I’ve been working with four other students on a media startup as part of an entrepreneurship class at Northwestern. Last week, we launched Tellascope: social news for the intellectually curious. It took us 17 weeks to come up with that tagline. Seventeen weeks to solidify our target audience, nail down our […] more »

by Jeremy Caplan

Twenty Tow-Knight Entrepreneurial Journalism fellows recently presented their startups during our fifth annual Demo Week. The projects ranged from newsroom training services to niche reporting platforms, from immersive podcasts to mobile products for underserved communities. Here’s a sampling of their summaries: Flying Content will adapt and create location-enhanced content for mobile, wearables, and smart cars. […] more »

by Khari Johnson

For the better part of a decade, I’ve heard working journalists, professors, and people who spend a lot of time thinking about the future of news tell college students that they shouldn’t expect to follow the same career path as previous generations. There are still jobs out there, but previous business models have been disrupted […] more »

by Kristen Clark

The beauty and torture of living in a city like New York, and doing a program like Tow-Knight, is the truly outrageous number of opportunities that present themselves to you over the course of a week. That kind of territory is fertile ground for a budding startup. But it also means being pulled in a […] more »

by Corey Ford

Scalability. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve heard all about scalability. But there’s how you think about scalability before you meet Max Ventilla. And then there’s how you think about scalability after you meet Max Ventilla. “If you’re not creating something that scales, that gets exponentially better with scale, and gets better over time at an […] more »

by Desiree Everts

Matter, a media startup accelerator launched two years ago by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, has named six tech companies that will participate in its newest class aimed at “changing media for good.” The entrepreneurs will take part in a five-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, design reviews, and an intensive boot […] more »

by Abby Reimer

The Kinethics team members came back from winter break much more prepared than we had been last August. After a successful Pitch Day, we wrote a proposal outlining how we would build and test our prototype for interactive compliance training during the next semester. That’s right: My team of four women dreamed up a new […] more »

by Pooja Kodavanti

The pitch — it is where everything begins and ends. It is where the rubber meets the road. From a distance, the pitch seems like an elusive, magical message. This message manifests itself in the form of a miraculous epiphany that is regurgitated to a crowd of investors. Well, that’s actually not the case. The […] more »

by Abby Reimer

Our idea has gone past an idea, and it’s terrifying. In the past months, we’ve changed our prototype again and again. And now, this week, it seems that we have a prototype that is, well, pretty dang good. We’ve talked to Steve May, who teaches business ethics at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. We also talked […] more »

by Josh Stearns

What are the best practices for small hyperlocal news startups to ethically cultivate a network of freelancers and community contributors? This question has been gnawing at me for a while and I haven’t yet found a good answer, so I want to share with you what I have found in hopes that you will help […] more »