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4 Ways to Build Sustainable Journalism Startups

Renaissance Journalism Center

In the current media landscape where online startups are looking to fill the void left by wilting traditional media, starting a business is only the beginning. Though first steps are important, many startups are starting to face problems in sustaining their enterprises. This is what a new study by the Renaissance Journalism Center seeks to understand. The study surveyed 32 media startups to see what challenges they are facing in terms of preserving and obtaining funds. What can we learn from these findings to help build sustainable journalism startups?

1. Be on the lookout for new sources of revenue

Most of the startups surveyed (71.9 percent) are non-profits that received initial funding in the form of foundation grants. But grants are more difficult to obtain for existing sites so many of the organizations are finding themselves short of resources. Foundations are more interested in funding new journalistic experiments, not helping existing ones survive. That means startups need to be resourceful: build relationships with local journalism experts from schools, trade organizations, and angel investor groups. Communicating with similar startups can encourage idea sharing about new streams of revenue.

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Columbia Journalism Review’s News Frontier Database

News Frontier Database

While mainstream media organizations are migrating online to establish their presence, digital news organizations are springing up to reach an audience hungry for the latest news. Some of these digital news organizations are making big news too, such as The Huffington Post’s OffTheBus Citizen Journalism Program. The Columbia Journalism Review recently created a database of these digital organizations, including original reporting on this new digital journalism landscape. It’s called The News Frontier Database.

Recently I had a chance to talk with Columbia Journalism Review staff writer Michael Meyer about the News Frontier Database and its current uses.

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