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Launch Pad

A DIY Version of a Large-Scale Project

Launch Pad: The Classical

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A Post-Punk Sportswriting Site Gets Started

Launch Pad: The Classical

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From the News Junkie to the Newcomer

Launch pad: Newsbound.tv

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How to Tackle the Sales Demon

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

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Launch Pad Archive

An archive of CJR’s “Launch Pad” columns

Bethlehem Shoals, The Classical 12/16/11: Two weeks after launch, new worries take hold. I have a confession to make: up... More

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

Two news entrepeneurs explain why they struck out on their own

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Startup Rocket Science

Technical specs for a modern journalism business

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Stock, Flow, and My Entrepreneurial Origin Story

The founder of newsbound.tv steps off the hamster wheel

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The Article Is Journalism’s Yellow Mustard

Launch pad: Newsbound.com

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The Merits of the Two-Speed Model

Launch Pad: The Classical

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The Sweet Smell of Failure (Or Success) At a News Startup

Launch pad: Portland, Oregon

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Two Weeks after Launch, New Worries Take Hold

Launch Pad: The Classical

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We Are Not Alone: News Startup Community-Building

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

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What’s Your Hypothesis?

Why my news startup went the for-profit route

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Why Journalists are Terrible at Time Management

Launch Pad: Portland, Oregon

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Write It All Down!

Why news entrepreneurs should keep a “startup journal”

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How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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Who Owns What

The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Study Guides

Questions and exercises for journalism students.