Julia Scott, who left her job at the Los Angeles Daily News to start BargainBabe.com, recommends being obsessed with your new business as a key to being a good news entrepreneur. That, and paying attention to social media as well as your advertisers.
Scott was a Fellow for the News Entrepreneur Boot Camp, the Knight Digital Media Center's week-long program held in May in partnership with the Online Journalism Review and the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and Lloyd Greif'Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
The boot camp taught 12 digital entrepreneurs selected by Knight such topics as developing a sustainable business plan and marketing and audience development.
The Knight Digital Media Center will hold a Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop from July 12-17 at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The next boot camp for news entrepreneurs will be announced by the Knight Center when a date is set. Express interest through the center's web site.