Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurial journalism’ Category

Contradicting conventional wisdom: Resist starting and fear failure

If you read enough books and blogs and listen to enough of entrepreneurs and investors, you will eventually build a bank of conventional wisdom about startups and building new companies from scratch. There seems to be a set of “rules of thumb” that is recited and repeated and rarely challenged. I like it when conventional […]

A story of old-school entrepreneurial journalism

When was the last time you received a personal letter in the mail? I received one recently from a woman I met at the Society of Professional Journalists conference in New Orleans in September and it totally made my day. Becky Dickerson is the editor and publisher of The Community Current in tiny St. John, […]

My new book, Entrepreneurial Journalism, is now available

I’m happy to announce the release of my third book, Entrepreneurial Journalism. It is a collection of case studies on successful startup news ventures, insights from people who have built their own news businesses from the ground up, and practical guidance on how to get going in turning your own idea into reality. I need […]

SPJ and RTDNA join forces for Excellence in Journalism

The Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association are putting on the Excellence in Journalism conference this week in New Orleans. It is the first time the two venerable journalism organizations have joined forces on an annual conference. I will be taking part in two sessions tomorrow: Ethics for Entrepreneurs, a […]

News Entrepeneuring 3.0: Great lineup Thursday at ONA11

As she always does, Jan Schaffer has put together another fantastic lineup for the pre-conference workshop at ONA11 (pasted below – hit the link for bios). And I’m honored to be a part of it. I’m also happy that Jane Harrigan, the awesome editor of my new book, will be there, too. After reading about […]

Jarvis: More demand, interest in news than ever

I put the finishing touches on the manuscript for Entrepreneurial Journalism this week. (The publisher, CQ Press, hopes to make it available in November.) While going through the final proofs, I pulled out a few interesting nuggets and thought I would share them here to give you a taste of what’s in the new book. […]

Planet Princeton: From freelance to Facebook to founder

Plowing through emails, tweets and RSS feeds last night, I found another great story of entrepreneurial journalism: Planet Princeton founder Krystal Knapp profiled by The News Frontier, an impressive and important project from the Columbia Journalism Review (and a good companion to Nieman Lab’s Encyclo). Knapp, who I had the pleasure of working with at […]

Do we really need a ‘local newspaper for the social web’?

And we’re back! My apologies for the prolonged delay between posts here but now that I’m finished writing my latest book, I’m ready to resume at least semi-regular blogging. I will be combining excerpts from my upcoming book, Entrepreneurial Journalism (due out in Oct.-Nov.) along with observations and tidbits on interesting news startups. Today’s topic […]

What can newsrooms learn from startups?

There are stark differences between the culture in a newsroom, especially one attached to a legacy news company, and the culture in a tech startup. Monica Guzman and I explored some of the many ways these two cultures are different and what newsrooms have to learn from the startups last night at an ONA-SPJ meetup […]

MedCity News making moves, growing up

MedCity News, the Cleveland-based journalism startup focused on coverage of the health and medical industry, made a number of important announcements last week that illustrate how the company is “growing up” quickly. Added were two prominent board members and an innovative compensation plan for contributing writers. The company’s top leaders also joined boards, proving their […]