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How to build what is next for news? This is one of the very controversial topics. What makes it very important topic is the big challenges journalists meet nowadays and in future. It is not a secret how circulation for subscription media will decline. As a result, advertising will fall. The only thing that will multiply is competition that will put more pressure on both readership and advertising prices. So, what is the solution? the “Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to build what is next for news?” gives us a great answer. The book that is written by Mark Briggs, 2011, gives us a clear road map for how to build your future and to have your own news business. This is really a worth-reading book.
Entrepreneurial Journalism and Servant-Leadership Values
If you decide to take the risk and to begin the journey beyond limits, you should have your own goals. So, setting up your goals is first step at your long journey that you build mainly on what the people need and what you can provide them.
The formula for success depends greatly on the goals and expectations set by a foundering team. Obviously you can not know what the future will bring, but it’s important to envision how big or small you would like your company to be, if everything goes well, and then set benchmarks for how you’ll measure success. Learn from others’ experience: When a site makes you stick around and explore, what’s the reason? What grabbed you, and how can you apply that to your own star-up idea? Practice thinking analytically and Doing business while being a journalist. Do not forget: Stick with your goals, real leaders should have a passion.
How to earn money with integrity
Advertising is the most popular business model for content publishers. In the digital age, fragmentation has disrupted the advertising industry. While companies are spending more money on advertising today that at any other time in history, “they have more places to spend their advertising budge. This has created massive competition for publishers but also massive opportunity, especially for publishers whose content finds a niche or target audience that’s attractive to advertising.
However, be careful! Never publish a story agains money. Money is only for advertising not for editorial! While you are making business , always announce who are your advertiser and sponsors. Do not ever be reluctant to publish a story because it may upset current or potential advertiser. Be fair!
Technology and technology and technology
You need to know how to publish your own website or at least to have a great team who believe on you vision. Social media is the most supportive tool to serve your website. However, having a 1000 fan on Facebook is not a guarantee or evidence for success. The point here is how far those fans are interested in your product, your website and what you publish!
One of the amazing success stories mentioned in the book is that of Pegasus News, one of the very successful web-news. It was established by Mike Orren i
n 2004 to meet the shortage in the local media newspaper. Orren stayed for six months without salary. However, just after three month of publishing the website, the site drew more than 200,000 unique monthly visitors. Here are some insights about Orren and his successful news website:
1) Orren pursued more conventional financing, through his extensive network of local media contacts (to assemble a solid business plan for the new digital publication;
2) He envisioned building a loyal local audience for an innovative website that would be irresistible to area residents seeking customized local news and indispensable to local businesses seeking a viable advertising alternative;
3) He quiet his previous job, as publisher of Texas Lawyer magazine, and went 22 month without salary;
4) He hired a team who had a great belief in his vision. “we were the pirate ship,” Orren says of his overachieving staff, whose belief in Orren’s vision kept them going. “It was a cause, it wasn’t a job.”
5) Audience played a role, too. They tagging content and adding feedback;
Reflection as a value of Servant-Leadership
At the same time, Orren succeeded in building a great team who shared with him his vision. About this experiment, Mark Briggs and Orren say: “We were the pirate ship, “Orren says of his overachieving staff, whose belief in Orren’s vision kept them going. “It was a cause, it wasn’t’ a job. I discovered you get a lot more out of people when it’s a cause, than when it’s a job.”
Other resources on the Book:
Reclaiming our Community’s Power Conference
Oct. 5th, 2011
One of the great conferences I attended in October, 2011 is “ Reclaiming our Community’s Power” that organized by the Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, Pafcoalition, and moderated by its Executive Director Mr. Tim Schmaltz. It is really insightful to meet representatives of the leading non-government organization in Phoenix who came together to figure out how to influence effectively on politics. And for doing so, they share ideas, exchange and plan to work together. And Ttat’s the main goal of the conference to inspire non-profits and other community groups, agencies and related businesses to effectively influence the 2012 election through nonpartisan community engagement, to provide practical tools and actions, and to empower the people they serve to be full participants in election activities and outcomes.
I was impressed by the kind efforts most of participants offered to help make their plans real. Some offered volunteers; some other offered fund, some else offered on-line services. That’s really amazing to find the people work practically before they leave the conference’s location!
One of the main and leading presentations given was that by the National Key Speaker, the talent / Lindsay Hodel. She inspired the audience with her innovative and pioneer experiences. Through her organization “Nonprofit Vote”, Lindsay seeks to build nonprofit capacity: expand the capacity of nonprofit to participate in voting and elections. She aims to increase voter turnout: promotes higher voter turnout among those traditionally underrepresented in the democratic process.
Taking the theme “Redefining America’s Social Compact”, the NCOC, took place in Phoenix for the first time out of Washington D.C on Sep., 22 – 23, 2011, delved into several important topics and mainly on the revised roles of the citizenry, business, nonprofits, and government in a 21st Century democracy. The conference was a unique opportunity to meet leading representatives of all these sectors and to earn remarkable learned lessons. Along with the data I knew during the conference, I learned a lesson on how to think critically and how to raise questions that lead, actually to the development of our societies, such as: How to lead people to come together? How to make the people involve in “Civic Engagement”? Who is responsible for public good? How far do we need to take advantage of each other? What are the “Great communities”? How “Servant Leadership” can be achieved? What do you want to teach? What do you want to learn? Who is responsible for ”Public Good”? How to act as a leader while you are leading, also, “leaders”?
(photos of Professor Lattie Coor, CEO and Chairman, Center for the Future of Arizona)
Actions that Build community: How Arizonans compare to the Nation and rank to other states?
Among several publications, the attendees of the NCOC received a thorough and comprehensive index, published by the Center for the Future of Arizona. Among the indicators that are revealed by “2011 Arizona Civic Health Index”, there are some that reflect actions that build community such as, how Arizonans (families, friends and neighbors) are connected together and how far they participate in Civic life. “The more connected people are, the more likely they are to participate in civic life..”
Connect with family, friends and neighbors:
2011 Report (2010 Data) Nation Arizona Rank
Eat dinner together most days 88.1 % 87.4 % 34th
Talk with family, friends online Frequently 54.3% 58.3% 16th
Talk to neighbors frequently 42.3 % 43.9 % 22nd
Do favors for neighbors Frequently 15.2 % 17.9% 9th
Participate in Civic Life
2011 Report (2010 Data) Nation Arizona Rank
Belong to one or more groups 33.3 % 31.5 % 40th
Attend meetings about local Issues 9.2 % 9.4 % 29th
Volunteer 26.3 % 23.9 % 41th
Work with neighbors to Fix something 8.1 % 8.3 % 28th
Make charitable contributions
Of $25 or more 50 % 51.3% 29th
The very well-organized NCOC is truly one of the most important conferences I have ever attended for several reasons. They include, but not limited to, the important of the topics discussed, as mentioned above, the importance of the figures attended, the importance of the ceremonies it witnessed.
For one of the most important ceremonies took place during the NCOC, mainly the Naturalization Ceremony, I will dedicate one of my coming week’s blogs to cover such a unique event..
Finally, it is worth-mentioned that the Conference was organized by the NCOC in collaboration with the Center for the Future of Arizona and with support from the Case Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center and ASU.
I love these quotes about happiness and it is my happiness to share…
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human exitence.”
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting appreciating what we do have.”
“People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel.”
For me, happiness and love can’t be separated to each other. This is the love to give without waiting for any reimbursement.
New Reading on Leadership: Leadership in NOT better than Management
John Kotter, the scholar at Harvard Business School , wrote an interesting article titled: “What Leadership Really Do”. He redefine the leadership by referring to the tasks that leaders should do, and consequetnly, the skills that the leader need. Before that, he rejected the idea that leadership is necessarily better than management or a replacement for it.
Rather, leadership and management are two distinctive and complementary systems. and both are necessary for success in an increasingly complex and volatile business environment.
As a result, for any organization seeks success, it is important to take into consideration that leadership without management skills is sometimes actually worse!
That explains the new trend of professional successful bodies to hire the manger-leader. Or to retrain its current skillful mangers, who have potential leadership, to be, also, leaders.
Hence, It’s expected that the leaders will be able to:
setting a direction while being able to plan and budget;
alignig people while being able to organize and staffing;
motivating people while being able to control and problem solving.
It is very interesting to be skillful manger and insightful leader at the same time, isn’t it?
The Film that widely shown after the 9/11 ..
Kandahar.. “the Sun behind the Moon.”
This is one of my favorite films: “Kandahar”: or “A journey to Kandahar” or “the Sun behind the Moon”.
The story of the film can be summarized in the insistence of Afghan – Canadian woman who returned to Afghanistan to rescue her sister who sent her a letter telling her that she will commit suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium.
Through the very hard and tough journey of the star in the desert and very poor areas in Afghanistan, the film indirectly draws the attention toward the miserable life of the people who were living under the rule of the extremist Islamic movement of Taliban. How these rulers, in the name of the religion, do what has no relation to the real religion. All what they do is to impose on women to cover their faces. Their curriculum in education is to learn students how use weapons to fight and kill the infidel / unbeliever world around them. The industry they are working in is manufacturing guns! Doctors cannot see women directly but behind curtain. Moreover, women do not complain what they suffer from, as their voices are roughness / forbidden to be heard by stranger men! That’s why every woman accompany with her one of her male close relatives to speak to doctors or depend on their young children to talk to doctors on behalf of them.
The amazing lesson of the film is that it is not only her sister that needs to be rescued but also millions of people who live in ignorance and darkness under the ruling of persons who do not know any thing about the real religion. All what they do is distorting the religion with their fool and irresponsible behaviors.
In 2001, the film displayed in Cannes Film Festival, but had no attention.
After the 9/11, it was widely shown around the world and won several international prizes.
A worth-watching film, is not it?
One of the most interesting topics for me and, I think, for most of us is the Leadership. Impressed with my colleague Lejla’s last week blog on leadership, I would like to share with you these inspiring quotes on leadership.. enjoy..
Amazingly enough, that one of the quotes that sated that leadership like swimming can not be learnt is a professor in the McGill University School of Management.
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt”
“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see.”
“Leadership Requires The Courage To Make Decisions That Will Benefit The Next Generation.”
“A Man Who Wants To Lead The Orchestra Must Turn His Back On The Crowd.”
“All Of The Great Leaders Have Had One Characteristic In Common: It Was The Willingness To Confront Unequivocally The Major Anxiety Of Their People In Their Time. This, And Not Much Else, Is The Essence Of Leadership.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
“Innovation Distinguishes Between A Leader And A Follower.”
“Leadership, Like Swimming, Cannot Be Learned By Reading About It.”
Henry Mintzberg, McGill University School of Management,
The Nature of Managerial Work, Harper & Row, 1973
“To Lead, One Must Follow.”
Lao Tzu, 604-531 B. C., Founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching
“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”.
Author: Andrew Carnegie
“Love and respect do not automatically accompany a position of leadership. They must be earned.”
Today, Monday, August 29th , 2011 is the Birthday of Taati, one of my Hubert Humphrey Fellows,CronkiteSchool. Taat’s birthday inspired me not to say to her : “Happy Birthday, Taati”, but, also, to think about the roots of celebrating birthdays.
Interestingly enough, I have found that this custom has its roots in the ancientEgypt, as the Pharaoh of Egypt was the first to celebrate his birthday. General speaking, celebrating Birthday was common among the rich and ruling elite not among common people.
In the pagan cultures, there was a belief that bad and evil spirits came around the person who had a turning point in his / her life, such as turning a year older, that ‘s to harm him / her. Therefore, family and friends of the celebrant surrounded him / her to protect him/ her from the evil. It was a habit, also, to give gifts to the celebrant and bring him / her happy wishes.
The custom of celebrating birthdays has stand till our recent times. Regardless the fears of the evil spirit, it is always our happiness to share with our friends and family their happy and turning points in their life. Hence, I wish to say to Taati and all people who celebrate their birthday.. “Happy and Blessing Birthday.”
It sounds that not only the people of Libya have become free. The CNN has announced that prisoners in Libya have become free, too. What makes it worse is that more than 600 of those prisoners are Pro-Al Qaeda militants..
I can remember how scare we were in Egypt when we knew that prisoners were free! My God! These moments were very terrible in the history of the Egypt’s 25th of January Revolution. Fear.. Concerns.. Imagine that you have been told that all the prisoners in all over the country are now free.. They are hungry, anger, and want to take revenge of all the society.. In my case, there was no government, no police, even most of the people were there sit-in against the old regime in Square of Tahrir and other main squares in Egypt. It seems that history repeats itself.
Worth-mentioning that one of the fears raised, when the West announced about a military action against the former regime, was that there was a big opportunity had been given to AlQaeda supports to move. It was, approximately, the first time the West and AlQaeda agreed on one issue: fighting AlGadaffi’s regime.
In fact, the people of Libya are facing many challenges the struggle between the rebels on one side and Moammar AlGadaffi’s supports on the another, the political, social and economic instability,. I am not too optimistic to believe that this is end of the old regime and the beginning of new stable life in Libya just because the rebels accessed the capital!! Many concerns are raising themselves about the future of Libya.