Tag: startups

by Michele McLellan

When I first started studying an emergent group of local online news startups in 2009, it was because I was skeptical of a narrative that went something like this: Newspapers had to be saved because the only alternative was angry bloggers who couldn’t be trusted with the facts. As a few years passed, the narrative […] more »

by Sonia Paul

Anyone paying close attention to the sub-headline of the Guardian’s recent piece on corrupt justice might have caught something unusual: “Divorced mother Margaret Besen tells her five-year struggle to get justice, just one story in the hundreds of judicial transgressions across the U.S. revealed in a Guardian and Contently Foundation for Investigative Reporting collaboration.” Just […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Millennials aren’t all the same when it comes to news consumption (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) 2. NYT appoints senior editor for ‘mini startups,’ project sponsorships (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 3. WGBH to acquire GlobalPost, merge part of news team with PRI (Jon Chesto & John Newsham / Boston Globe) 4. ‘I can’t […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Why Gene Demby, lead blogger for NPR’s Code Switch, considered quitting (Jim Warren / Poynter) 2. Race and ethnicity, device usage, and connectivity (via American Press Institute) 3. Ten years after Katrina, a new startup sector takes hold in New Orleans (Steven Melendez / Fast Company) 4. How do we improve online news design […] more »

by Khari Johnson

Title: Crowdfunding 101 for Journalism Projects Instructor: Khari Johnson, Editor, Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism Crowdfunding is the latest trend in a media world in search of money beyond ads, and it’s the most exciting thing happening in journalism today. This is course will not only teach you how to fund your ideas but will introduce […] 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 Holly Wise

So maybe you want to start your own media company. I liken it to taking the leap and raising a kid — terrifying, exhilarating, exhausting. Since its inception, my startup, VoiceBox Media — a news non-profit dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of social issues and the people solving them — has stood in the intersection of transformational […] more »

by Dena Levitz

Longtime journalist and digital executive Mike Porath took a personal struggle and turned it into a media site that’s being read by millions. When Porath and his wife discovered that one of their three young children had a rare chromosome disorder several years ago, it became a “life-altering experience,” he said. After the diagnosis, they […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we check out a tool that turns smartphones into mini satellite-TV trucks, and we get tips on creating a team to do graphics and data visualization. PART 1: Yottio A startup called Yottio has built a system to get live footage from multiple smartphone users directly into a studio broadcast. It also provides […] 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 »