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Today is my day for blogging about other people’s blogs. This time I’m recommending that you read Clay Shirky’s post about why we should save Homicide Watch. If you need more of a nudge, read my TBD post last year about Homicide Watch and an earlier crowdfunding effort.

If you need more of a nudge, check out Homicide Watch. It’s one of the best examples I’ve seen of a local journalism startup. I want it to survive and I hope you’ll contribute to its Kickstarter campaign (I have) to keep it going while founder Laura Norton Amico is at Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship. She needs almost $14,000 more in the next week to reach the $40,000 goal.

I want to see quality journalism thrive. I want to see Laura’s vision, enterprise and innovation rewarded. I want to see crowdfunding grow as a revenue source for quality journalism. Let’s make this work.

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the American University School of Communications on the launch this fall of its new master’s degree program in media entrepreneurship.

The MA/ME program will offer students a master of arts degree starting this fall, with 10 courses presented over 20 months. I will be an adjunct faculty member, scheduled to teach in the final course for the first class of students, spring of 2014. The program is a partnership with the Kogod School of Business, with courses designed and scheduled for working professionals, meeting evenings and on Saturdays.

Congratulations to Amy Eisman and her AU colleagues on the development of this program.

 

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Reviewing 2010 on this blog:

My job change to TBD was a major theme of the year here. My most-popular post of 2010 shared tips on job-hunting, from my own experience finding a new job and hiring the community engagement staff at TBD. That’s my second most-read post in two-plus years writing this blog. Other posts among the year’s leaders dealt with my job change as well: Pursuing a new opportunity in Washington, Wanted: vision for community engagement and Our community engagement team is taking shape. Another post relating to the job change took a longer view, discussing how I have twice redirected and rejuvenated my career. I also told how TBD’s launch prompted my first foray into public relations and brought back memories of an earlier launch. I explained why we need a director of community engagement, even though engagement should be everyone’s job. I have blogged as well for TBD, writing about our commitment to accuracy and transparency, and about why and how we chose TBD as our name. (more…)

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Our entrepreneurial journalism class at Georgetown will be discussing social media the next two weeks. Of course, you could do a whole course on social media, which offer some of the most important tools an entrepreneurial journalist will use, so this will be an overview more than a deep dive.

Social media can be part of the solution for all three of the key challenges an entrepreneurial journalist faces: content, distribution and monetization. (more…)

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This is a crosspost from the class blog for my entrepreneurial journalism class at Georgetown University. Please add other resources I should call to the students’ attention in the comments. I’ll also be compiling links to entrepreneurial projects. What links should I include on that list?

These are some recommended resources on entrepreneurial journalism. Students choosing the project option of contributing to the class blog can do blog posts about any of these resources. You can write commentaries about posts on these blogs or reports or about a book or a chapter or section of a book. You also are welcome to blog about other resources. I will add some links here during the semester.

Blogs about business and journalism

(Some of these blogs cover multiple topics, not always relating to entrepreneurial journalism.)

BuzzMachine by Jeff Jarvis

Newsonomics of … by Ken Doctor

Reflections of a Newsosaur by Alan Mutter

Online Journalism Review by Robert Niles

McGuire on Media by Tim McGuire

paidContent, multiple authors, including Staci Kramer, Robert Andrews, Joseph Tartakoff, Tricia Duryee, David Kaplan and Amanda Natividad

The Biz Blog by Rick Edmonds

Mobile Media by Damon Kiesow

NewsPay by Bill Mitchell

Nieman Journalism Lab, multiple authors, including Laura McGann, Megan Garber, Mark Coddington, Joshua Benton and Ken Doctor

lostremote, multiple authors, including Steve Safran, Cory Bergman and Polly Kreisman

GigaOm, multiple authors, including Om Malik, Mathew Ingram, Liz Gannes and Katie Fehrenbacher

Recovering Journalist by Mark Potts

Susan Mernit’s blog

10,000 Words by Mark S. Luckie

MediaShift, hosted by Mark Glaser

News Leadership 3.0 by Michele McLellan

Search Engine Land by Danny Sullivan

Other resources for entrepreneurial journalism

New Business Models for News

Newspaper Next reports

Webb Media Group

Books dealing with innovation

The Innovator’s Dilemma and The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen

Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky

What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis

Newsonomics by Ken Doctor

Steve Buttry blog posts on entrepreneurial journalism

If you’re going to write about my blog as part of the project, you can’t simply write a flattering review. Write your own take on something I have written about.

A Blueprint for the Complete Community Connection

Mobile-First Strategy

A possible new business model for obituaries and Jobless journalists could find a business model in obituaries

Blog posts about charging for content

Other sources recommended on Twitter

Romenesko (This is a general blog about the news business and journalism

ReadWriteWeb (This seems to me a bit more focused on technology than journalism, but there is some overlap and it’s a good resource.)

Diffusion of Innovations by Everett Rogers

Internet2Go

Mediamum

First chapter of Tina Seelig’s What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

Local Search Database

How to raise venture capital

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I don’t expect newspaper companies to follow the advice I offered Wednesday for a new business model for obituaries. Why should newspapers start following my advice now?

So I’ll turn that advice around and suggest that it could work for journalists who have retired, accepted buyouts, lost jobs staff cuts, or are still seeking to break into a shrinking news business. (more…)

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