Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome didn’t last long. But the journalists there learned a few things both while working and while leaving. Here are four of them:
1. Get used to this.
“If you’re in journalism, you know it’s an industry that gets shaken up a lot, and it’s tough to deal with,” said P. Kim Bui, now with First Look Media’s reported.ly. “I had some very low moments, but I had a support system that made sure I didn’t stay down for too long. It’s not that journalism is dying, it’s that projects, sites, ideas, live and die, much like they do anywhere.”
“Having been through a promising startup being abruptly closed down before, when I was at TBD in 2011, I pretty much go into every journalism job knowing it could disappear tomorrow,” said Mandy Jenkins, now Storyful’s news director. Read more