Mark Briggs


What makes journalism ‘innovative’? Lessons from this year’s Scripps Howard Awards

What is innovation in journalism today? I heavily debated that question with Dan Gillmor and Retha Hill earlier this month while judging the Scripps Howard Awards at Poynter.

The 44 entries in the “Digital Innovation” category we were judging were … Read more

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4 media shifts to watch for in China

I was honored to represent the U.S., the Poynter Institute and KING Broadcasting Co. at the Colloquium on Future Global Communication and Journalism Education held Dec. 15-16 at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The first session featured five international speakers — … Read more

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What’s working at news startups, from Seattle to Vermont

The best sign that entrepreneurial journalism endeavors are moving in the right direction is that so many of them are heading in different directions. That was obvious Thursday during a pre-conference workshop hosted by J-Lab and executive director Jan Schaffer, … Read more

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3 key lessons for entrepreneurial journalists trying to get projects off the ground

It’s all about money. And people. And your ability to adapt quickly and smartly.

A small group of entrepreneurial journalists has found that money and people can make or break your business, especially in the early days when you’re just … Read more

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What journalists need to know about starting a nonprofit business

There is a misconception among many would-be entrepreneurs, especially in journalism, that starting a nonprofit business will mean relief from the pressure of making money. Not so. Any business, whether nonprofit or not, must bring money in to survive. Nonprofits … Read more

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How to tell if your entrepreneurial idea could lead to a journalism business

In the beginning, there’s an idea. It’s how every inspiring story of entrepreneurial adventure begins. But the idea, by itself, is never enough. Ideas only become sustainable when they are transformed into a product or a business. And then developed. … Read more

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Why News Startups Should Think Collaboration, not Competition, with Big Media

How will new media replace old media? The rise of independent journalism startups, combined with the shrinking of mainstream news organizations, provokes the question. And for some media pundits, the question is when – not if.

While that’s a sexy … Read more

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