Monthly Archives: September 2010

News Frontier Database

The News Frontier Database is a searchable, living, and ongoing documentation of digital news outlets across the country. Featuring originally reported profiles and extensive data sets on each outlet, the NFDB is a tool for those who study or pursue online journalism, a window into that world for the uninitiated, and, like any journalistic product, a means by which to shed light on an important topic. We plan to build the NFDB into the most comprehensive resource of its kind.

(Hint: if you want to see sustainable sites, choose from dropdown Institutional Support: No Institutional Support)

Columbia Journalism Review: News Frontier Database

Ten examples of how media sites try to make users pay for content

By John Einar Sandvand: Media companies can only succeed in charging users for content if they provide unique value. Here are examples of how some sites try to achieve this. As news media tries to introduce user payment, I have argued that there are essentially five ways to make users pay for digital content: Unique Content, Unique Convenience, Unique Usefulnes,
Unique Packaging or Unique Experience.

BetaTales: Ten examples of how media sites try to make users pay for content

Audience engagement and business sense are essential to success of local news start ups

By Michele McLellan: Do local online news sites fail because there is no revenue model? I suggest an alternative explanation: Online start ups often struggle because their leaders don’t know enough about running a business or making money on the Web (and some don’t want to learn).

Knight Digital Media Center, News Leadership 3.0 blog: Audience engagement and business sense are essential to success of local news start ups

Two $3 million grants to fund new entrepreneurial program at CUNY

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has been awarded two $3 million grants to help it establish the nation’s most intensive program in entrepreneurial journalism with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and the first Master of Arts degree in Entrepreneurial Journalism

CUNY Graduate School of Journalims: Two $3 million grants to fund new entrepreneurial program at CUNY

J-Lab | New Voices: What Works

Through 2010, New Voices grants have been awarded to 55 local news projects from a pool of 1,433 applicants. All were required either to have nonprofit status or a fiscal agent. We examined what worked and what didn’t, what made for robust sites or led to disappointment. We offer tips to help other startups and recommendations for Knight and other foundations based on what J-Lab has learned in mentoring these startups.

J-Lab | New Voices: What Works

5 Mistakes That Make Local Blogs Fail

By Brad Flora: I meet a lot of local bloggers and people thinking about starting local blogs who ask me for tips or for feedback. After having several of these conversations, it seems useful to pull these conversations together in one place modeled after a great piece Paul Graham of YCombinator wrote back in 2006. He found 18 mistakes that kill startups. I think the mistakes that kill local blogs can be condensed down to five.

MediaShift Idea Lab: 5 Mistakes That Make Local Blogs Fail