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Entrepreneurial Journalism: Defined.


After asking a variety of Belmont University journalism students and professors what they thought about entrepreneurial journalism, I realized that there really is no clear definition. It is interesting, however, to hear different interpretations on this idea. I uploaded the series of interviews to Seesmic in order to “start a new conversation” where people can discuss the opinions stated through “replies.”

Be sure to join the conversation and check out these interviews on Seesmic as well.


PlayDate Nashville


PlayDate Nashville is a 21-and-over event that offers “an alternative to the typical night out.” Instead of going to a restaurant or seeing a movie, some Nashville residents are deciding to spend time playing childhood games while engaging with other adults. With a relatively low cover charge of $10 that gives individuals access to a variety of games for up to six hours, PlayDate is easy on the wallet.


PlayDate Nashville is currently held at Limelight. Check out this map to see exactly where the venue is located.

Funniest Twitter article to date.


The New York Times posted a funny opinion piece about Twitter, titled “To Tweet or Not to Tweet.” The writer, columnist Maureen Dowd, interviewed the inventors of the social networking site, Biz Stone and Evan Williams. She asked the tough questions…

ME: I would rather be tied up to stakes in the Kalahari Desert, have honey poured over me and red ants eat out my eyes than open a Twitter account. Is there anything you can say to change my mind?

BIZ: Well, when you do find yourself in that position, you’re gonna want Twitter. You might want to type out the message “Help.”

Be sure the check out the entire piece for more laughs.

Marketing yourself on the web


Marketing yourself on the web is becoming increasingly important these days… Especially when you’re a journalist. Emily Ingram created a presentation with tips on how to look exceptionally appealing to employers. Not only does the presentation look great (very colorful!), it includes useful and relevant information.

A few basic tips:

Use your real name: Ditch any nickname you’ve used in 8th grade.

Be consistent and professional: Color schemes, profile pictures, etc.

Get your own site: Is available? Buy it!

Use social networking sites: Contribute to the conversation.

Read and comment like crazy: Google reader should be your best friend.

The presentation also includes a great quote from Mindy McAdams:

Your Google search is your business card.

Be sure to check out the entire presentation – either in PDF or slide show format.

J-school: Who needs it?


Are journalism schools/degrees still relevant?

Let’s make it a little more personal. Why are you in j-school?

Mindy McAdams posted a link to a story on Josh Halliday’s blog, titled “Euro CollegeJourn re-cap: Is there a case for bypassing journalism courses right now?”

This article is full of interesting quotes – most of them rather negative and emphasizing the importance of “real world” experience as opposed to sitting in a classroom.

“Well, in my opinion, journalism does not require a vocational education. Your degree is worth nothing if you can’t write or edit. And, I believe these skills are best learnt by doing them. The idea of a ‘journalism school’ is a relatively new one. Many journalists from the previous generation have no formal education. Why has it become a myth that our generation does? Is it just a money-spinner for universities?” – Dave Molloy

That’s nothing I haven’t heard before… But one individual, Adam Westbrook, mentioned media law and said, “That’s the one thing you can’t learn on the job – and it’s the one thing no one will hire you without any knowledge of.”

Good to know.

I can’t conclude this without letting a j-school professor sound off.

“Educating young people who have the potential to be great reporters is a judicious preparation for the day when financial innovation creates demanding multimedia jobs for them, or their own entrepreneurial skills devise ways to make excellent journalism profitable. It is already popular, as millions of visits to the websites of great newspapers and broadcasters prove daily.” – Tim Luckhurst, journalism professor at University of Kent

For another interesting perspective on this issue, check out “Who needs j-school” by Elana Zak.

More Twitter news – but probably not what you’d expect.


Mindy McAdams posted a link on Twitter to an interesting story: “Twitter Traffic Explodes…And Not Being Driven by the Usual Suspects!” 

According to Sarah Radwanick, the writer of the article, the individuals “driving the trend” are between the ages of 25 and 54. More specifically, the age group using Twitter the most is actually between 45 and 54. I found this information surprising; shouldn’t the “young people,” those of us between 18 and 24, be eating up social media? Why are people our parents’ age so interested in this tool?

Radwanick has an interesting perspective…

“The skew towards older visitors, although perhaps initially surprising for a social media site, actually makes more sense than you might think at first. With so many businesses using Twitter, along with the first generations of Internet users “growing up” and comfortable with technology, this is a sign that the traditional early adopter model might need to be revisited. Not only teenagers and college students can be counted among the “technologically inclined,” which means that trends are much more prone to take off in older age segments than they used to.”

Good points, right? Now that I think about it, I actually follow quite a few “older” people on Twitter – and typically, they’re the ones posting the most relevant and interesting information.

Courtney Love sued for ‘malicious’ Twitter posts


Famous (or perhaps infamous?) rock star Courtney Love is being sued for defamation after posting ‘malicious’ comments on her Twitter and Myspace accounts about her former fashion designer, Dawn Simorangkir.

“According to a libel claim filed by Simorangkir in Los Angeles Superior Court March 26, Love used Twitter to disseminate “an obsessive and delusional crusade” of malicious libel against her. Simorangkir, who’s based in Austin, Texas, also claims Love slandered her on MySpace.”

It will be interesting to see how this one turns out. Other celebs, such as Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, are also dealing with Twitter troubles.

What do you think about celebs with Twitter accounts? Are they asking for trouble or should they be free to use to use the service along with the rest of the world?