NewBizNews in the Media

One of the goals of the New Business Models for News Project, funded by the Knight Foundation, is to further the conversation with the journalists, communities, entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors who will create the future of news. Here is some recent media coverage:

Global Editors Network launches under former WEF leaders
Rachel McAthy
March 28, 2011

Finally, A Newspaper Executive Who Has Stopped Whining And Faced Reality — And Is Lecturing Other Execs
Business Insider
Jeff Jarvis
March 26, 2011

Journal Register’s open advisory meeting: Bell, Jarvis, and Rosen put those new media maxims to the test
Nieman Journalism Lab
Megan Garber
March 25, 2011

Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism opens at CUNY
Vincent Stehle
March 10, 2011

J-School Celebrates Tow-Knight Center Launch
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Amy Dunkin
March 10, 2011
Watch the Video here.

Improving Local Journalism: Three Approaches
Philanthropy New York
February 23, 2011

Entrepreneurial Journalism Initiative Kicks Off With Five New Courses
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Amy Dunkin
February 14, 2011
Jeff Jarvis and Jeremy Caplan discuss the Entrepreneurial Journalism program here.

Scholarships available for CUNY semester in entrepreneurial journalism
Reynolds Center
January 10, 2011

The NJ News Co-op
Business Insider
Jeff Jarvis
January 3, 2011

The Year in Collaborative Journalism
The Local
Mary Ann Giordano
December 30, 2010

Judges Hand Out $40,000 in Seed Money to Launch Journalistic Ventures
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Peter Hauck
December 14, 2010

Ford Foundation Grant to Fund New Community and Ethnic Media Training Program at CUNY
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Amy Dunkin
October 27, 2010

New CUNY Program to Equip Students to Start Journalism-Based Businesses
Poynter Online
Mallary Jean Tenore
September 27, 2010

Two $3 Million Grants to Fund New Entrepreneurial Program
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Amy Dunkin
September 20, 2010

NYC J-Schools Take Divergent Paths on Training, Hyper-Local
Davis Shaver
September 13, 2010

How Not to Save the News
NY Post
Jeff Jarvis
June 3, 2010

The Future of News
Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman
February 25, 2010
A roundtable discussion with Jeff Jarvis, Steven Coll (President, the New American Foundation and former Managing Editor of the Washington Post) and John F. Sturm (President and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America).

“The business of news is changing radically. The old-time economics of supporting a big newsroom, printing the news on paper and getting it to people’s doorsteps seems increasingly unsupportable given the exodus of advertising dollars to internet sites. What will it mean for Americans who want to stay informed?”
Watch the video here.

Hyperlocal Core Dimensions
End of Business as Usual
February 14, 2010

@ Local Online: The Hyperlocal Rev Model: Sell Services, Not Just Ads
David Kaplan
February 8, 2010

Ein gefährliches Geschäft
The European
Jeff Jarvis
January 28, 2010
A commentary on a debate over paid content written for a German online news service.
English text here.

New York Times Embraces Collaborative Journalism with CUNY Hyperlocal Partnership
Steve Myers
January 20, 2010

Kult-Blogger Jeff Jarvis: Journalisten dachten, sie seien wie Hohepriester
Focus Online
Leif Kramp und Stephan Weichert
January 18, 2010

Hard Sell
NPR “On the Media”
Bob Garfield
January 15, 2010
“Time was journalism school was touted as the first step to entering The Industry and making a living. But The Industry is quickly collapsing and j-school is scrambling to adjust its training accordingly. Jeff Jarvis, professor and new-media evangelist, argues that the future lies in teaching ‘entrepreneurial journalism,’ where every student is a business venture.”
Listen to the audio here.

News orgs’ goal for 2010: Imagine tomorrow’s media world today
Nieman Journalism Lab
Gina Chen
January 4, 2010

What We’ll Be Fighting About in 2010
Nieman Journalism Lab
C.W. Anderson
December 10, 2009

The Imagination Gap
Dan Conover
November 27, 2009
Commentary and criticism of the New Business Models for News Project. Jeff Jarvis responds here.

Reflections on CUNY graduate school New Journalism Models Hyperlocal camp
Christopher Wink
November 23, 2009

Growing and Monetizing News Media
Valeria Maltoni
November 22, 2009

Google vs. Murdoch
NPR — On Point with Tom Ashbrook
November 19, 2009

Testing CUNY’s New Business Models with Adjusted Assumptions
Dorian Benkoil
November 19, 2009

Talk to The Times: Editor for Digital Initiatives
The New York Times
Jim Schachter
November 16, 2009

CUNY Hyper-Local Online Revenue
Local Media in a Web 2.0 World
Mel Taylor
November 16, 2009

More on the #NewBiz Conference at CUNY
Camilla Cho
November 13, 2009

CUNY Conference Shows Journalists Must Understand Business
Dorian Benkoil
November 13, 2009

Mainstream Media: Most Get it. Some Still Don’t.
Marc Odien
November 13, 2009

#newbiz Open Collaborative Coverage System
Orient Lodge
Aldon Hynes
November 12, 2009

The rise of local at CUNY New Business Models for News
eMedia Vitals
Sean Blanda
November 12, 2009

Jeff Jarvis’ HyperCamp on New Business Models for News
Local Onliner
Peter Krasilovsky
November 12, 2009

At #NewBiz, Bloggers and Mainstream Media Search for a Relationship
Jared Ranere
November 12, 2009

CUNY conference connects hyperlocal journalists
John G. McDaid
November 11, 2009

A Conversation with Jeff Jarvis & Chris Callahan
Strengthening Independent Media
October 9, 2009
Jeff Jarvis talks with Christopher Callahan — dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University — about the changing newsroom and new business models for news.

Jeff Jarvis: «Cobrar por las noticias en la red podría ser un suicidio»
October 9, 2009
Discussion of New Business models.

X Prize para las noticias (y los medios)
October 9, 2009
All about the X-Prize for News Proposal.

Jeff Jarvis: Rewriting Media’s Business Model (Again)
All Things Considered – NPR
October 6, 2009
As the nation’s news executives survey a charred media landscape, they are turning to digital media gurus for guidance. And despite his prescription for radical change, Jeff Jarvis is one of the most ubiquitous. Jarvis argues that people need to prepare themselves for the collapse of big regional newspapers, which he says have failed to adapt to the Internet age. In their place, he proposes alliances of small news Web sites — each intensely focused on local news. He says they can provide useful coverage and still be profitable at a much smaller combined cost than the big older newsrooms. But in making his pitch recently at an Aspen Institute conference, Jarvis faced some tough questioning.
October 3, 2009
Post-Newspaper Media Wars: Bloggers across the country are obsessively chronicling small-town life. Is Maplewood, N.J., ready for its own Bob Woodward?

Hybrid Paid-Free Models May Be Profitable for Some Organizations
Digital News Edge | Newspaper Association of America
October 2, 2009
A new study from New Business Models for News through CUNY found that there are some hybrid paid-free online models that can become profitable in 3 years or less. News sites that go entirely behind a pay wall are unlikely to be profitable within that time. Publishers interested in plugging in their own numbers can learn more and download the spreadsheet here.

Can newspapers make money online?
Minnesota Public Radio
September 28, 2009
The Minneapolis Star Tribune emerges restructured from bankruptcy, but that doesn’t mean its financial future is assured. The daily newspaper is among many around the country trying to figure out how to draw more revenue from online content.

The Newspaper Reinvention Kit: 4 Easy Steps To Becoming A New News Organization
September 24, 2009
What will metro media markets look like in five years? 10 Years? There are a lot of people pondering these questions. That’s evident in the sheer amount of chatter – some of it bordering on desperation – about online subscriptions, micro-payments and other revenue models. One of the best and most comprehensive discussions of “new business models for news” is here, a presentation by CUNY’s Steve Shepard and Jeff Jarvis at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communication and Society.

The CUNY team gets a lot right. They envision a local news ecosystem that includes blogs, niche sites, non-profits and – drum roll – the profitable New News Organization, one capable of curating, aggregating audiences and yes, even original reporting.

Big News (Germany)
Metropolis without a newspaper
Toene, Texte, Bilder – WDR 5 (Germany)
Jan Teuwsen
September 19, 2009
What if …? A U.S. university under the direction of journalist and media professor Jeff Jarvis has studied what would happen should newspapers actually lose the battle against the Internet and how a metropolis suddenly without its newspaper would cope. What comes next? Together with industry analysts, Jarvis designed a scenario for U.S. metropolitan areas. And it is not so pessimistic.

Metropolen ohne Tageszeitung? (Cities with no daily paper?) – Germany
September 17, 2009
The Internet has set the media market swirling. Many believe that newspapers will not survive the downturn. But if these fears come true – what would come afterwards, economically and journalistically?

Will hyperlocal save journalism?
Media Talk USA
September 7, 2009
Is hyperlocal the magic bullet when it comes to fixing all that’s wrong with the news business? Host Jeff Jarvis asks self-styled queen of hyperlocal, Deb Galant from, and Jim Willse editor of the The Star Ledger. Listen here.

In Business: Media Mayhem
September 3, 2009
The twin pincers of global recession and technology upheaval are putting traditional newspapers and broadcasters through the ringer. The BBC’s Peter Day asks Jeff Jarvis and others what the future holds for new media once digital disruptions and the global recession are over. Listen to the segment here.

Post-Newspaper Journalism?
On the Media
August 21, 2009
CUNY hired business analysts to suppose a place that doesn’t exist yet but one many fear will exist all too soon, a U.S. city with a metropolitan population of five million, and no daily newspaper. The business analysts took their best shot at predicting what would happen to the news marketplace in that hypothetical city – what new news organizations would spring up, and how many reporters could they hire, how much ad revenue would they bring in? They posted all their spreadsheets on the Web and encouraged people to tweak the numbers and to make the model more accurate.
Listen to the audio here.

Yes! New Business Models embrace new relationships
Steve Buttry
August 20, 2009
Check the list of opportunities out and you start feeling optimistic about the possibilities for this often-gloomy business: Deals of the day, ad networks, e-commerce, memberships and more.

CUNY’s verdict on non-profit news: No reprieve from selling advertising
Nieman Journalism Lab
August 17, 2009
What may be most striking about the “Not-for-Profit News” model is the extent to which it relies on advertising as a source of revenues: In year three of CUNY’s model, advertising revenues account for about 50 percent of total revenues, up from 18 percent in year one. (Total revenues would be about $2.8 million in year three, up from about $1.4 million in year one.) Also, cross-posted here.

CUNY provides plenty of numbers
Online Journalism Blog
August 17, 2009
The first 2 (combined) models are pretty old-school, being solely based on advertising. The innovation, it seems, comes from a networked approach to selling that and in production – but I can’t help feeling it overlooks one of the core problems presented by the web: reduced advertising spend over a much larger number of sites where audiences are valued more cheaply.

Jeff Jarvis Tries to Save Local News (With Spreadsheets!)
August 17, 2009
Jeff Jarvis has a few ideas for how to replace the local newspaper with new business models for news at the hyperlocal level. His answer is to organize local bloggers and citizens into a metro-wide network in each of the top 25 markets, and sell local ads across their sites. Each hyperlocal site would remain independent but join a loose federation for ad sales, distribution, and shared costs. Jarvis sketches out what a new news organization might look like at the local level, and goes out on a limb by offering actual spreadsheets showing some assumptions about audience size and how the business model would work. There is also a spreadsheet for doing this through a non-profit.