Our last guest speaker of the semester was Dan Gregory, a senior academic specialist in the School of Technological Entrepreneurship at Northeastern and the faculty adviser to Idea, “Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator.”
Gregory led us in a discussion of the skills that journalists bring to the table — the ability to ask questions, tell stories, write and meet deadlines — and talked about how those skills can be used in small entrepreneurial ventures.
Some of the most interesting journalism projects today are entrepreneurial in nature, whether they are nonprofit or for-profit. For instance, projects such as Global Voices Online, GlobalPost, Talking Points Memo, NewsTrust and community sites such as CentralMassNews.com, the New Haven Independent and the Batavian all exist because of the entrepreneurial vision of their founders.
Gregory’s talk should help us all to get beyond our traditional focus on jobs in legacy media and to start thinking of ways to apply our skills to the media environment as it exists today.