Entrepreneurial Journalism

Today I am in Kota Kinabalu observing one of the Level 1 Citizen Journalism training sessions.

During the first break we discussed what entrepreneurial journalism meant. Clearly there is a need for basic news writing skills which is included in the CJ training. But other fundamentals that are missing include basic blogging and social media skills as well as online business skills – how can a citizen journalist gain some monetary compensation for their contributions.

The conversation raises some interesting questions about overall media literacy in the context of the emerging news environment.

Blogging live now but more to come.

Journalist as Entrepreneur

Recently, the MalaysiaKini citizen journalist program kicked into expansion mode with a three-day “train the trainers” workshop in Kuala Lumpur.  As part of the workshop, we held a two-hour introduction to “The Journalist as Entrepreneur”, a primer for building a personal revenue stream from the output of the citizen journalist.

Several examples of successful citizen journalist bloggers exist.  Focused commentators on some topic that have grown their blogs into complete media operations.  Talking Points Memo, Paid ContentTechCrunch all grew from the focus of their founders and a little blogging software.  If you want a reminder for where these sites started spend a little time on the WayBack Machine.

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