Amber Massie-Blomfield was identified by the Evening Standard last year as one to watch in a feature spotlighting young female entrepreneurs who, the newspaper proclaimed, would "inspire you to start your own business". At the time she was executive director at the iconic Camden People's Theatre, a community venue renowned for supporting early career artists, … Continue reading Celebrating female creative entrepreneurship: innovators of the past and present
Is it possible to do good within the creative industries? That's the question posed by Hesmondalgh and Baker (2011) in their treatise on creative labour, its meaning and practical implications. Yet it would seem from reading some definitions of creative entrepreneurship that doing good - or at least having an ambition to 'do good' - … Continue reading Can creative entrepreneurs do good? Or rather, can they do good and be sustainable?
"Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond resources controlled." This definition of what is meant by entrepreneurship was coined at Harvard Business School by guru Prof Howard Stevenson. The key elements of this phrase - pursuit, opportunity, beyond resources controlled - are a good starting point for an exploration of what it means to be … Continue reading I thought “entrepreneur” was a dirty word but I’m beginning to see the light
“How will this all end?” This short sentence summarises the confusion that can swirl around early reporting of a breaking news story, as journalists, commentators and witnesses try to make sense of information. In this instance, that closing coda (Cortazzi, 1993) is delivered to camera by a journalist on the streets of Harare in Zimbabwe. As news began … Continue reading Breaking news: how an unfolding narrative works across different platforms
After a varied career spanning news reporting, regional newsdesks, magazine editing, public sector PR and strategic communications, my ambition is to pull together these disparate skills and experiences to create a Master’s level multimedia, local, investigative journalism project. Form: Launch a multimedia ‘hyperlocal’ style website, http://www.wyrelife.co.uk showcasing a series of articles and regular long-form investigative … Continue reading FROM IDEA TO ACHIEVABLE PLAN: DESIGNING A MASTER’S LEVEL JOURNALISM PROJECT
When the Scottish Government announced last month that it was banning fracking, it was a moment to savour for a group of journalists from an independent news site in the heart of the country. The team from investigative cooperative The Ferret had been the first news organisation to reveal plans by nine energy companies to bid for licences to extract … Continue reading “Data matters – but people matter more…” Insights from investigative journalist Peter Geoghegan of award winning Scotland-based news site the Ferret.
Giving people a voice, both figuratively and literally, is a key motivation behind a lauded, Emmy award-winning project by the New York Times, called One in 8 Million. Published eight years ago, the creators produced a collection of audio interviews with 54 New Yorkers, capturing experiences and stories in three minute snippets. It is a form … Continue reading “It’s just people, talking.” How New York Times project One in Eight Million stands the test of time