Tag: startups

by Rachael Meleney

I think that I can speak for all eight of Reese News Lab’s summer startup interns when I say that we were constantly confronted with truths in the first week of our summer project: the exhilarating/terrifying/sobering truths of being an entrepreneur. Our first week at Reese News Lab was a continuous exercise in brain-expansion as [...] more »

by Alexa Schirtzinger

Recently, a group of Knight Fellows visited the offices of Matter, a media-focused venture capital firm in San Francisco, just around the corner from the playground where Twitter was born. It was an immersion in startup culture, which exhorts would-be entrepreneurs to “focus on the user,” “fail fast,” and embrace the idea that “life is [...] more »

by Pooja Kodavanti

“Ignore this book at your own peril.” –Seth Godin That’s spelled out on the front cover of “Rework,” a book written by two robust, march-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drum individuals who say they know what’s up in the growing business self-help industry. Authors Jason Fried and David Hansson founded 37signals, a privately held web application/design company. They decided to [...] more »

by Lincoln Pennington

One day during winter break, I stumbled upon an article about why professional journalists make good entrepreneurs. Reading the article was like a checklist of what I’ve experienced firsthand at Reese News Lab. While we may not have years of professional experience, student journalists have many of the same skills and habits. The author said [...] more »

by Desiree Everts

On the heels of announcing its most recent slew of News Challenge winners, the Knight Foundation has announced it is funding 24 early stage media projects. Knight’s Prototype Fund supports small projects with grants of $35,000 each in an effort to push media projects from ideas to actual demos. The fund, which accepts applications on [...] more »

by Desiree Everts

Matter, a startup accelerator launched last year by the Knight Foundation, KQED and PRX, announced seven media ventures on Thursday that have been chosen to “change media for good.” These seven startups will take part in a four-month program that includes a $50,000 investment, mentoring, and design reviews to help them fine-tune their business plans [...] more »

by Nick Shchetko

The evening of August 26 was loud in the Reese News Lab: 16 students pitched their product ideas to the Lab to explore throughout the semester. Only four of the projects were selected. Would my idea survive the vetting process? The idea I’d chosen the idea of location-tailored news, with a probable monetization model of [...] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Spike Lee joins Zach Braff and Rob Ford’s Veronica Mars on the list of celebrities to turn to Kickstarter to fund a project. It now seems that no star is too big  —  or too cool  —  to crowdfund. But what does the arrival of big names mean for the future of crowdfunding? With big [...] more »

by Hetali Lodaya

With Jeff Bezos’ groundbreaking purchase of the Washington Post, many media analysts are speculating about the ways in which he might bring the Post into the digital age. Experts on the “Diane Rehm Show” noted that there are many challenges to successful implementation of a digital media strategy, including questions of monetization and infrastructure. For [...] more »

by Rafat Ali

Starting up a news site has become the easiest thing in the world over the last decade, but building a long-lasting media company from scratch is among the hardest tasks in startupland. Having worked on a couple of these myself, I’ve always believed one of the most underrated barriers to entry for a media startup [...] more »