Last week I had written a piece on Gimlet and how co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber had to go through hell and back to get the company on it’s feet. Gimlet, a network of podcasts focusing on narrative journalism and storytelling, now belongs to Spotify. Alex and Matt sold the company for 230 million… Continue reading Media is Still Profitable
This past week, our media entrepreneurship class at Michigan State was tasked with quite a strange (but very helpful) project: visit and eat at three different Coney Islands. At first, we were a little confused. Why would we visit three of the same restaurants just to eat the same thing: A classic Coney dog? But… Continue reading The Coney Quest: How visiting three Coney Islands taught us about branding
I had the chance to listen to the Startup Podcast by Gimlet. It’s a really unique opportunity to hear all the behind the scenes action of what happens when someone tries to start their own company – all the successes and all the failures. Season one focuses on a man named Alex Bloomberg. Alex had… Continue reading Let’s Talk Podcasts
Many newsroom employees are very quick to point their fingers at specific organizations and technologies for layoffs and declining local news overall. But who is really to blame? The rise of the internet? The rise of social media? Jeremy Littau wrote in his Slate article that the bad seed goes back to the 1980’s and… Continue reading Who’s Responsible for the Decline of Media?
I’m afraid of failure and rejection. So coming up with a creative and smart startup idea for class was giving me major anxiety.nI didn’t feel like I had the next great idea that could change the world. I knew I wasn’t Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, or Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. So when we… Continue reading You Can Start a Startup, too
What is the first step in creating a successful startup? Well according to Reid Hoffman and his podcast Masters of Scale, it is to look and look and look for your big idea, and then act on it! A lot of people can think of all these great, successful ideas in their minds. However, not… Continue reading Starting a Startup and the Importance of Listening to your Audience
The media lives! Well it lives, but it’s not what it used to be. This week I looked at trends about key sectors in the U.S. news media industry, including everything from media audience to media economics. The Pew Research Center has been tracking data throughout the years to compare and analyze how media is… Continue reading How media is changing