Tag: startups

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 »

by Reuben Stern

This week we see how two technologies automatically scan the content of video and images to deliver highlights and insights. PART 1: Vhoto Vhoto helps turn mobile video into bits of sharable content by automatically finding the key moments within the footage. We hear from Chief Executive Officer Noah Heller about what the app can […] 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 Sonia Paul

With the U.S. midterm elections still fresh on people’s minds, the timing couldn’t have been better for PBS MediaShift to produce a workshop focused on open data and government accountability on Nov. 6. Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and hosted by the Washington Post, the all-day workshop included collaborative improv exercises […] more »

by Amelia Senter

MediaShift’s Collab/Space event has been making the rounds — from New York City in June to Chicago in September, and now on to Washington, D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri is the event’s premier sponsor, and it will be hosted at the Washington Post headquarters. Collab/Space DC will hone and […] more »

by Julie Keck

One of the first things David Cohn of Circa said during his keynote talk at Collab/Space Chicago last week was “you will feel like a manic-depressive” when launching a startup. The Collab/Space Chicago crowd, which included hopeful startup presenters, journalists, media pros, and J-school elites chuckled, but everyone in the room knew there was some […] more »