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Block by Block News Entrepreneur Super Camp

October 1, 2011 - October 4, 2011
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
In partnership with Patterson Foundation

About | Agenda | Speakers | Fellows | Resources

About the Seminar

The Knight Digital Media Center in partnership with the Patterson Foundation hosted a three-and-a-half-day boot camp Oct. 1-4 in Chicago for experienced independent community news site founders and publishers who have demonstrated the ability to consistently provide vital local news content while engaging community and developing revenue streams.

Super Camp was designed to help those publishers refine best practices, grow revenue and significantly advance the sustainability of their sites.  Session topics included business plan development, building organizational capacity, metrics for growth, revenue retention and small group workshops.  Speakers were business experts who have experience building successful revenue programs at the local level.

The boot camp was by invitation only.

Speakers

Rusty Coats
Founder and President, Coats2Coats

Janet Coats
Journalism Initiative Manager, The Patterson Foundation

Vikki Porter
Director, Knight Digital Media Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Full Speaker List

Resources

Presentation materials and slide decks used during the seminar.

PowerPoint: Powerpoint: You Need a Peep: How to Find, Recruit, Interview, Hire and Manage People (May 16)
Windows Media Video: Video: You Need a Peep: How to Find, Recruit, Interview, Hire and Manage People (May 16)

Full Resource List

Agenda

October 01, 2011, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Reception and Dinner

Dinner Discussion: Why You Are Here
What makes your sites distinctive in the community news environment? We’ll talk about the successes you’ve had and the challenges you face next.

Presentation by:

  • Janet Coats, Journalism Initiative Manager, The Patterson Foundation
  • Vikki Porter, Director, Knight Digital Media Center, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

October 02, 2011, 5:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Setting the Business Horizon

Where are you now as a business? Where do you want to be? How much money do you really need? We set the table for our time together.

Presentation by:

October 02, 2011, 7:15 AM - 8:00 AM

Building the Business Plan

A working session in which participants begin work on their business plans

Presentation by:

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Fellows

David Boraks
Founder and Executive Editor, Davidson News LLC

Glenn Burkins
Qcitymetro.com, Qcitybride.com

Ross Catrow
Founder and Publisher of RVANews

Laurie Cirivello
Executive Director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center and Publisher of The Rapidian

Denise Civiletti
Publisher of RiverheadLOCAL.com

Full Fellow List

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