Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Defining your exit strategy to build a legacy

It felt odd to consider “exit strategy” at the recent Community Journalism Executive Training program (CJET), which brought nearly three dozen news organizations to Los Angeles for two days of intense, hands-on work developing specific business strategies and action plans. After … Continue reading

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Eleanor Cippel’s tough love on sales for community news publishers at BxB12

At BlockbyBlock,Community News Summit 2012, Eleanor Cippel of E.W. Scripps, gave the 125 publishers in attendance tough love on what commitment to sales looks like in term of time and discipline. Her talk comes from her experience coaching Block by Block Super Camp publishers. Continue reading

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BlockbyBlock 2012 kicks off: Publishers discuss the art of the business pivot

  Rusty Coats, principal of Coats2Coats,  kicked off the opening panel of the 2012 BlockbyBlock Community News Summit challenging local indie online news publishers to honestly answer three questions: Is this my hobby or is this my full-time job? What pivots has your business … Continue reading

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Good financial order spells success for news entrepreneurs

By Suzanne McBride No matter your size or business model, you need to get your financial house in order if you want to grow – or just continue operating, says Emily Lowery of Magic City Post. It’s critical that you … Continue reading

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Lessons from Block by Block Super Camp – An experiment in business mentoring

By Janet and Rusty Coats When local independent news publishers gathered for the first Block by Block Community News Summit in September 2010, we heard two recurring themes: First, publishers told us just how much they had needed to connect so … Continue reading

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20 community news publishers will get Knight training

Twenty community news publishers challenged by the business aspects of running their news sites will receive expert coaching through the Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program, a joint effort of The Patterson Foundation and the Investigative News Network, with $100,000 … Continue reading

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Hometown passion fuels local news, indie publishers in NJ

The founder of  TheAlternativePress.com in New Jersey thinks hometown passion and a licensing package are the winning equation for making online publishing work for communities and for locally grown journalist entrepreneurs. In a “teach me to fish” strategy, TheAlternativePress.com has begun selling a … Continue reading

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JA Forum on revenue and collaboration: seasoned perspective illuminates possibility

Impact, depth, and revenue. All are clearly potential benefits of collaboration in journalism. Tuesday on the Journalism Accelerator / CollabSpace conversation on collaboration and revenue we dug into how, when and why to collaborate. Michael Stoll of San Francisco Public … Continue reading

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Many ways to listen: Takeaways from my time at the JA

Hello, BxBers! I’ve recently left the Journalism Accelerator, but not before learning a few valuable lessons for measuring and maintaining engagement. I’ve crossposted my goodbye on the JA and hope it will provide you with some fresh ideas for community … Continue reading

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Funders and publishers explore the question: What does ‘sustainability’ really mean?

By Janet Coats In December, The Patterson Foundation and the Investigative News Network invited representatives from national foundations that have been supporting independent and non-profit journalism to participate in a February conversation about financial sustainability for journalism’s startups. The idea … Continue reading

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