Jake Batsell

Jake Batsell (@jbatsell), an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University, is spending the 2013-14 academic year as a Texas Tribune Fellow based in Austin.

by Jake Batsell

The byproducts of journalism rarely have value to anyone besides the reporters who gather and assemble the information. (Exhibit A: The troves of spiral notebooks, manila folders and microcassettes left over from my newspaper days, still gathering dust in my garage.) But more news organizations are discovering that cleaned-up, searchable databases have extra value beyond [...] more »

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SAN DIEGO –– Online banner ads only have so many pixels. On news sites, small digital squares and rectangles tend to work best for advertisers proclaiming a concise message, like “click here for an insurance quote” or “browse our summer clothes catalog.” In Southern California, non-profit organizations wanting to reach the Voice of San Diego’s [...] more »

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MINNEAPOLIS — The downtown State Theatre boomed with laughter, applause and satire-drenched showtunes on the last Friday in April during MinnRoast, the annual revue where the state’s politicians and journalists “gently skewer” one another to raise money for the non-profit news site MinnPost. When your biggest fundraiser of the year is a comedic romp, it [...] more »

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In journalism education circles, few people have spent more energy trying to bridge the academic and professional worlds than Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at the Knight Foundation. Newton’s recent digital book, “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Field Notes From the Digital Age of Journalism,” offers a “learning layer” of more than 1,000 lessons, resources [...] more »

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Non-profit newsrooms have a new opportunity to boost their business capacity through the $1 million INNovation Fund, a partnership between the Knight Foundation and Investigative News Network. Beginning Feb. 1, non-profit and public news outlets can apply for entrepreneurial micro-grants worth up to $35,000. Before you hit the send button on that application, though, pay [...] more »

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Editor’s note: This is the next installment of “Brass Tacks,” an occasional series on NewsBiz focusing on pragmatic advice for selected best practices in the business of digital news. Membership drives for non-profit media have evolved far beyond volunteers taking pledges over rotary phones. Today’s leading non-profit news outlets operate as mission-driven businesses fueled by [...] more »

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Perhaps you’ve heard this narrative before: A statewide non-profit news startup builds a loyal audience of political insiders and policy wonks, then boosts revenue by selling sponsors access to that audience — both online and in person. It’s a formula that has worked for The Texas Tribune. And in New Jersey, NJ Spotlight is following [...] more »

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Nearly two years after he folded the Chicago News Cooperative, co-founder James O’Shea has had time to reflect on his short-lived stint as a news entrepreneur. O’Shea launched the political news startup in late 2009, hiring a number of his former colleagues at the Chicago Tribune, where he previously served as managing editor. But the [...] more »

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Editor’s note: This is the next installment of “Brass Tacks,” an occasional series on NewsBiz focusing on pragmatic advice for selected best practices in the business of digital news. The Texas Tribune, already boosting revenue through live events and corporate sponsorships, just notched another fundraising milestone: a successful Kickstarter campaign. It took a little more [...] more »

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Editor’s note: This is the first installment of “Brass Tacks,” an occasional series on NewsBiz focusing on pragmatic advice for selected best practices in the business of digital news. From Dallas to Chattanooga to Washington, D.C., news outlets are hosting live events to connect with their audiences and generate revenue. Perhaps your news organization is [...] more »