• Discovering a new news ecosystem

    Discovering a new news ecosystem
    October 31, 2018

    When Michele McLellan dug deep into how local, online journalists were making a living, the result was a three-year series of annual conferences that spawned a national nonprofit organization.
  • A LION Is born

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    A LION Is born
    October 31, 2018

    Dylan Smith was skeptical when, in 2010, he received an invitation to the first Block by Block conference. Leaving his one-person newsroom for a weekend for a conference aimed at local, independent, online news operators seemed like a waste of time.
  • 2012: What we know now on the value of volunteers, intentional conversation and collaboration

    Journalism Accelerator 2012
    2012: What we know now on the value of volunteers, intentional conversation and collaboration
    February 1, 2013

    As the final of our four-part series exploring “Was 2012 the year of prosperity for publishers?” — in this post we explore the value of volunteers, intentional curated conversation and connected collaboration for non-profit media.
  • 2012: What we know now on local advertising, meeting the needs of communities

    Journalism Accelerator 2012
    2012: What we know now on local advertising, meeting the needs of communities
    February 1, 2013

    As part of the larger story, the top lessons from a range of perspectives learned over 2012 is a four-part series the JA is running over the month of January. This is the second part of the series and features three thought leaders.
  • 2012 is history: What do we know now?

    Journalism Accelerator 2012
    2012 is history: What do we know now?
    January 10, 2013

    In early 2012, just about a year ago, we invited a half-dozen people with a range of unique roles in the news production mix, to identify the most crucial challenges facing publishers at that moment in time.
  • Was this the “year of sustainability” for publishers?

    Was this the “year of sustainability” for publishers?
    December 19, 2012

    2012 launched rich with promise as the Year of the Dragon was predicted to yield high risks and high returns. We invite you to join the conversation right now!
  • Journalism Accelerator shares tips, models, databases and more

    Journalism Accelerator shares tips, models, databases and more
    December 4, 2012

    Need guidance, ideas or inspiration on your journey building a sustainable news business? The Journalism Accelerator is home to a collection of more than 300 resources.
  • Defining your exit strategy to build a legacy

    Defining your exit strategy to build a legacy
    November 26, 2012

    It felt odd to consider “exit strategy” at the recent Community Journalism Executive Training program (CJET), which brought nearly three dozen news organizations to Los Angeles for two days of intense, hands-on work developing specific business strategies.
  • Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011 — Video

    Block By Block: Community News Summit 2011 — Video
    October 7, 2011

    We invited independent online community news publishers in attendance to discuss progress and challenges in the year since Block by Block 2010, as well as what they’ve learned and what they want to learn at the summit.
  • The future of community news is bright: Thoughts from Block by Block 2011

    The future of community news is bright: Thoughts from Block by Block 2011
    October 4, 2011

    Once again, I’m coming away from Block by Block, a gathering of primarily local news startups, with dozens of innovative ideas and thought-provoking philosophies to chew on.