You won’t find a reporter who questions the importance of accuracy. It’s chief among the journalistic creeds.
Many, too, would understand the importance of relevancy to the craft — choosing to share what fits their publication’s audience and voice (though it takes some savvy to make those decisions consistently).
But what remains still foreign, even controversial, is the idea that reporting should be done with productivity in mind. A journalist should be able to say why they’re pursuing a story: what goals will be reached because of it?
Continue reading Newsrooms: be Accurate, Relevant and Productive
For all the meaningful sources of life lessons I received as a kid, from my parents to religion, and the many shades of the Golden Rule, I was still a sports-crazed boy growing up in the 1990s.
That means I internalized a lot of advice from athletes, whether or not they actually ever said them (sports quotes are full of apocryphal and fictitious claims). I was amused recently to think of a handful of very-90s-era memories I have about lessons from North American sports legends. In addition to being stuck in time, this collection is funny because I am so far from a knowledgeable sports fan today.
So these are corny for all sorts of reasons. Yet I do find myself thinking of these even today.
Continue reading 4 lessons from sports stars that stuck with me as a kid
Economic empowerment in underdeveloped communities can benefit from the wonkily named federal New Market Tax Credit program. Now often used for property development, it has a legacy with supporting operating businesses in economically depressed parts of the country.
I spoke last month at the 16th annual New Market Tax Credits conference held in Miami, and I offered perspective on how tech communities are growing up adjacent to these communities of need.
Continue reading I spoke at the 16th annual New Market Tax Credits conference
There are volumes already written on the broad scope of reporting and publishing breaking news, so there’s no need to repeat that. However, far too little has been discussed about the peculiarities of doing that work within a narrow community.
Crime, crashes and tragedies impact greatly victims but for many reporters, the messaging of this news is going to a far broader audience. For community journalists working a beat, breaking news has slightly different dynamics — despite the overall smaller audience, often more people will be far more emotionally invested in the outcome. So you better learn how to do it right.
Continue reading How to publish breaking news as a community journalist
For every project you take on, any commitment you make, you’re agreeing to a longterm relationship. Other people will depend on you, habits will form and roles will shape.
It’s like adopting a pet, as a colleague and I say to each other sometimes. Are you willing to walk the dog? To feed it and give it water and be willing to spend the energy, time and money if it gets sick?
I say that to myself when I want to start something new, and I find it helps influence my thinking. If I think of the longterm requirements and still want to move forward, then I will. If not, well, there’s no use to start at all. (One way I’m working to say no more often).
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Someone asked me recently what was the biggest motivator for me to start a company, and I told him it was fear.
That’s true, if still somewhat self-deprecating.
Continue reading I am motivated by fear
Too many reporters still think they’re referees, when really, they’re in the game.
That was something I shared during an enlightening panel discussion I was a part of on ‘Fake News,‘ as hosted by WHYY and NPR host Joshua Jackson. (Read this overview of the event.)
Continue reading Reporters, we aren’t referees, we are in the game: thoughts on ‘Fake News’
My friend Edwin Warfield included me in his citybizlist CEO interview series.
Watch the full interview here. Get the full transcript of my interview here.
Find a clip below.
Continue reading Watch this video interview I did on entreprenuership
After trying last year, with just a week’s notice, we were able to coordinate to add to Philly Tech Week a conversation with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. I interviewed him on-stage.
Continue reading I interviewed Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf during Philly Tech Week 2017
[I originally published this on Medium here.]
For years I’ve joined in the pushback against the empty and cliche pledge that some city wants to become the next Silicon Valley. Over the last few years, I’ve watched a similar boast begin to pop up into unnervingly unexpected places:
We’re going to launch the next SXSW.
No. No you are not. Let me tell you why.
Continue reading This is why you’re not going to create the next SXSW