Tag: entrepreneurship

by Stacy Forster

In the ever-shifting media environment, journalists who are running newsrooms often find themselves thinking more like CEOs and innovation chiefs than editors or producers. But where do they learn the skills they need to make those kinds of decisions and lead their staffs through immense changes in the industry? On Tuesday, July 7, our #EdShift chat […] more »

by Jan Schaffer

Title: How to Teach Media Entrepreneurship Instructor: Jan Schaffer, Executive Director, J-Lab; Entrepreneur in Residence, American University A Primer for Building a Media Entrepreneurship Curriculum A growing number of journalism, advertising and public relations students are starting their careers either in media startups launched by others or in entrepreneurial ventures they are starting themselves. What […] more »

by Kathryn McManus

There is tremendous transition within the field of journalism. The number of full-time U.S. daily newspaper journalists now stands roughly at 36,700, according to the American Society of News Editors, down from 55,000 in 2008. I constantly receive calls from journalism colleagues who are in transition and grappling with how to move forward with their […] more »

by Kathryn McManus

PBS MediaShift is launching a new series of online training courses called DigitalEd, in partnership with BigMarker. These one-hour live courses will help teach practical digital skills with experienced instructors. Title: How to Create and Monetize an Entrepreneurial Journalism Venture Instructor: Kathryn McManus, VP at SocialWhirled and faculty associate at the Walter Cronkite School of […] more »

by Alex Arriaga

As a Latina journalist, I have always sought to tell narratives of the Hispanic community that I belong to. At the PBS MediaShift Hackathon at Arizona State University, I had the opportunity to take that interest in a startup direction and research and pitch an idea that would serve the Hispanic community of Phoenix and beyond. I had […] more »

by Jan Schaffer

When I launched J-Lab in 2002, the best piece of advice I received was to have a lawyer draft a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the relationship between my center and its soon-to-be home, the University of Maryland. The agreement detailed how I would support my startup, who owned the intellectual property, how much the university […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Closing the gaps in local news (Josh Stearns / Medium) 2. Welcome to the Twitterloin, where tech-savvy cool meets gritty hood (Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune) 3. The next stage in the battle for our attention: Our wrists (Jack Riley / Nieman Lab) 4. Buffer takes Pablo, its words-on-an-image service, out of beta (Roberto Baldwin […] more »

by Michelle Ferrier

My heart was flip-flopping as our moderator went down the lineup of teams pitching their solutions for women news entrepreneurs at the International Women’s Media Foundation/Ford Foundation “Cracking the Code” hackathon on January 29-30 in New York City. My team was last on the list, and I sat in agony as eight other teams took […] more »

by Meagan Doll

With rapid changes in technology, journalists are working harder than ever to keep up with cutting-edge developments. It can feel like a scary and uncertain time. Yet Silicon Valley veteran Steve Blank says this increased pressure has created room for journalists to occupy the front lines of business model design and consumer development and truly become innovators. His take isn’t necessarily […] more »

by Jan Schaffer

J-Lab director Jan Schaffer is wrapping up 20 years of raising money to give it away to fund news startups, innovations and pilot projects. She is pivoting J-Lab to do more writing, custom training and “discrete” projects. After two decades of work at the forefront of journalism innovations, interactive journalism and news startups, she weighs […] more »