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Professors Coming to Cronkite for Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute

December 23, 2016

Fifteen journalism professors from 12 states and three countries are coming to Arizona State University for the annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, a rigorous five-day seminar at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

Now in its sixth year, the institute is designed to help journalism professors bring entrepreneurship into their academic programs. The Jan. 3-7 event is made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Co.

“The rapid pace of change and disruption in the journalism industry requires the examination and development of new concepts and revenue models,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “The college environment is fertile ground for the sort of innovation necessary to meet this demand. During its existence, this institute has stimulated ideas and built a productive community of educators dedicated to guiding and inspiring prospective journalism entrepreneurs.”

Cronkite Professor of Practice Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and authority in new media and entrepreneurship, leads the institute, which features sessions on the principles of entrepreneurship, digital product development and the startup culture. 

“The Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute spreads the concepts and the spirit of entrepreneurship to journalism programs across the country and around the world,” Gillmor said. “We are delighted to be working with Scripps Howard Foundation on this important program.”

This year’s institute will feature a keynote talk from longtime journalist and author Steven Levy, who founded the tech news website Backchannel. Other sessions include discussions with Mark Briggs, author of “Entrepreneurial Journalism,” and Jeff Jarvis, director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, City University of New York.

The 15 fellows were competitively selected, and each of their universities has committed to offer a class in journalism entrepreneurship in the year following the fellowship. Training, lodging, meals, materials and transportation are provided to the fellows at no cost to them or their universities.

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation educates, empowers and honors extraordinary journalists who illuminate community issues, and partners with impactful organizations to drive change and improve lives. As the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company, the Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the Foundation helps build thriving communities.

2017 Scripps Howard Entrepreneurship Institute Fellows

L. Simone Byrd, Alabama State University

Britt Christensen, Zayed University

Jayne Cubbage, Bowie State University

Diego Fonseca, CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)

M.E. Yancosek Gamble, Bethany College

Mary Glick, California Polytechnic State University

Amy Haimerl, Michigan State University

Robert Jonason, University of Cincinnati

Richard Jones, University of Huddersfield

Sheryl Kennedy-Haydel, Xavier University of Louisiana

Emily Metzgar, Indiana University

Charles Munro, University of Iowa

Tracy Simmons, Gonzaga University

Alecia Swasy, Washington and Lee University

Julia Wallace, Arizona State University